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Sternal Precautions: Stay Safe After Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Oct 8, 2019 11:27:30 AM

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Sternal precautions are a considerable part of the recovery and healing process after heart surgery. However, many patients have a lot of questions about sternal precautions--and that's great. To help patients take an active role in their healing and understand what they need to do, we're explaining exactly what sternal precautions are, why they're essential, and how you can stick with them.

PREVENTING STERNAL WOUND DEHISCENCE

Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 12, 2019 5:44:00 PM

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One of the unfortunate side effects of having heart surgery is the long and arduous recovery process that immediately follows the procedure. For some, this recovery process is easier than expected and health returns after a few weeks. For others, there are complications that are associated with recovery. One of these complications is known as sternal wound dehiscence, or the reopening of the sternal wound. 

What to Expect on the Day of Open Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 29, 2019 5:40:10 PM

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There usually tends to be a lot of anxiety around the idea of open heart surgery, and typically that is because patients such as yourself aren't sure of what to expect. We wanted to put your nerves at rest as much as we can, so we're going to ease your mind by giving you a glimpse of what your day could look like when you go in for open heart surgery.

Effects On The Sternum After Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 7, 2019 2:51:00 PM

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There are a lot of components to consider when it comes to healing after open heart surgery, but one of the most important components is the treatment of the sternum. In truth, the sternum is actually a broken bone at the beginning of the healing process. But is it treated as such? Are there extra considerations? Here's a closer look.

Symptoms and Causes of Coronary Artery Disease

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jun 20, 2019 7:13:12 AM

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Everyone goes through cycles of health, but certain symptoms point to larger problems. If you recently discovered that you or a loved one is at risk of having or has coronary artery disease, you likely walked out of the doctor’s office with a lot of mixed feelings and confusion. What is coronary artery disease? How could it affect you or your loved one going forward? What needs to change in your life or the life of your loved one to minimize the risks?

Negative Effects of Heart Surgery Complications on Hospitals

Posted by Heart Hugger on May 28, 2019 12:06:51 PM

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The patients who undergo heart surgery are susceptible to a host of complications that can set in during their stay in the hospital. When any of these happen, it can cause enormous problems for the hospital. To keep that from happening, there are a few steps you can take for patients and hospital safety.