Our expert says:
Dear Want to Know
I am sorry to hear your father-in-law is not doing well. Coronary bypass surgery after a major heart attack is always a major undertaking, and I am sure the heart attack your father-in-law had before the bypass accounts for the fact that he is not doing well.
The heart rhythm problem that is causing trouble is most likely to be atrial fibrillation, an irregular and usually fast heart rhythm which causes the heart to pump less efficiently and thus in patients with damaged hearts aggravates any tendency to heart failure.
Without more details it is impossible for me to say how long this will go on for. However, there is no excuse for the doctors looking after him being unavailable to discuss the situation. I would suggest you phone and ask to speak to him/her. Failing that, make an appointment to see him/her! Patients and their relatives have a right to expect communication from the doctors looking after them.
Good treatment is not good enough without good communication.
I hope things go better for him.
Best wishes, JT
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