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4 months ago
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Ejection fraction

I had a heart attack over 25 years ago. Had a CABG and have been stabile ever since. Had recent open mesh abdominal surgery under a general with no problems. My question is... Is there a minimum ejection fraction to be a candidate for a arm lift or a breast augmentation?

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Type: Question

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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With your heart history, most plastic surgeons would want a "clearance" from your cardiologist that you are safe to undergo another anesthetic. Usually you need to have a relatively recent EKG that is "normal". Or if abnormal, a stress test or echocardiogram. Your surgeon may ask you to obtain a clearance or have the anesthesiologist look at your EKG and EF and determine if elective surgery is safe for you.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Most likely you would qualify for both procedures as they are less taxing then the abdominal surgery. That said any surgeon would require a clearance from your cardiac surgeon to ensure your safety with any procedure.

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