Posted by Heart Hugger on Dec 10, 2018 1:27:08 PM
After heart surgery, it's natural to wonder about your post-surgery life. How soon can you expect to feel like yourself again? When will you be able to resume your normal activities? While the answers to these and other questions vary widely between individuals, there are steps patients can take after heart surgery to shorten recovery time and get back to everyday activities.
Improving Your Odds
Here are some steps your doctor may recommend to improve your odds of successful recovery after heart surgery.
- Improve your diet — It's common knowledge that a healthy diet plays a leading role in our overall health, and after heart surgery, healthy eating habits are critical. Following the guidelines given to you by your physician will improve not only your heart health but your overall physical well-being.
- Stop smoking — Smoking is a leading cause of cancer, and we now know that it's also a major contributor to heart disease. If you're a smoker, seek help to kick the habit and improve your odds of a healthier life after heart surgery.
- Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol — What you don't know really can hurt you. Keep your follow-up appointments, so you know how you're doing.
- Take your medications — Taking your prescribed medications after heart surgery is essential. Stay in close contact with your physician and, as with any medication, report signs of an adverse reaction immediately.
- Get moving — Your physician will let you know when it's time to begin light exercises. Stick to your therapy routine for the most significant benefit.
Heart Hugger helps patients manage pain after heart surgery, including during respiratory therapy. To find out how Heart Hugger can help you or a loved one reduce pain and minimize future complications, get in touch with us today!