With heart surgery each patient responds differently. However, there are side effects that are typical after this surgery, while there are side effects that aren’t so typical. It is extremely important that patients are aware of the differences between certain side effects that are expected, and ones that need immediate attention.
Normal side effects:
Loss of appetite
Muscle pain or tightness
Side effects that need immediate attention:
Chills or fever
Bright red stool
Severe abdominal pain
For more information on the above symptoms call your local doctor. Heart Hugger Sternum Support was created to help relieve the pain a patient feels after heart surgery. Heart Hugger is applied in the ICU just before beginning your first respiratory therapy exercises. With Heart Hugger, you can feel more comfortable after your surgery. The Heart Hugger gives more support than any pillow, stuffed animal, or folded sheets can give.
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