If you’ve got open-heart surgery in your future, then you know you’re already facing plenty of risks.
Throwing in more would be like tossing a match into a gunpowder keg.
Yet that’s EXACTLY what you could be getting… from your own doctor!
A horrific new warning finds that the very device you need to SAVE YOUR LIFE during heart surgery could actually put it all on the line when you least expect it.
It could plant a ticking time bomb inside your body… and it won’t go off until months or even YEARS later.
It’s a nasty little germ called Mycobacterium chimaera, and the new study finds that it was crawling all over 37 percent of the heater-cooler devices tested.
Docs won’t even know it’s there, so of course they won’t know if you end up infected. You won’t know, either, until the symptoms finally appear long after the operation is completed.
And then, you could be locked in a new battle for your life.
That’s not all, either.
Some of the units tested positive for other sickening and even fatal germs, including the Legionella bugs responsible for Legionnaires’ Disease.
And 15 percent of the devices had so many funguses and bacteria that the researchers had no clue how to even analyze the data.
The feds say most of the heater-cooler units were contaminated when they were made, not from being used, so newer devices are much less likely to be crawling with germs.
If you’re lucky enough that your open-heart surgery is carefully planned and scheduled, then of course go ahead and ask if they’re using a heater-cooler and what they’re doing to make sure it’s safe.
But since open-heart surgery is often done as a life-or-death procedure in an emergency, there’s no way in the world you’ll know what was used on you until you’re out of the woods and already carrying the germs around.
So, you need to do two things afterward.
First, give your body a dose of GOOD bacteria to fight the bad. While there’s not yet a study that shows that probiotics can cut the risk of M. chimaera, they certainly can give your immune system a lift when you need it most.
And second, the best way to beat the odds and kill the germ if you do eventually get sick is to get help fast — so, don’t ignore any signs or symptoms of infection even if it’s been years since your surgery.
Get on the horn to your doc ASAP.