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What to Do After Heart Surgery

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Thursday, 05 May 2016 03:56 PM Current | Bio | Archive

If you’ve undergone any type of surgical procedure, from a bypass graft to the insertion of a pacemaker, you need to watch out for infection or other problems. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:

• Chest pain

• Fever and chills

• Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties when lying in bed

• Fluid buildup in your legs

• Dizziness or passing out

• Irregular heartbeat


Any signs of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). This would include the following:

• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

• Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes

• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

If you have had major cardiac surgery, it is normal to require more sleep. Eventually, though, you should feel your energy returning. But it may take some time, especially if you’ve undergone major surgery.

Don’t be impatient; give your body the time it needs. It can often take up to three months before you are feeling 90 percent back to the way you were pre-surgery.

Take care of your incision. No matter how large your incision, or where it is, you need to keep an eye on it. Call your doctor if it does not appear to be healing, or if you see any drainage or bleeding. Stay out of the water — including bathtubs and pools — until it heals. (Showers are fine).

Keep an eye on your surgical pocket. If you’ve had a pacemaker or left ventricular defibrillator implanted, your doctor created a surgical pocket for it. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any sign of infection (such as fever or chills) or if it becomes swollen or enlarged.
 

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