Heart Hugger Blog

Breathing After Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Nov 26, 2019 4:30:00 AM


breathing after surgery

When you think about what makes you you, what is it that first comes to mind? Is it your physical features, like the specific shade of your eyes that you've never seen mimicked anywhere else? Is it a special skill? Is it some complex combination of the books you've read, the songs you've heard, the people you've met, and the things you've done? Whatever comes to mind when you think about yourself as an individual, it's likely not the simple yet incredibly important act of breathing. Breathing is an important part of every life, yet it is often overlooked as an automatic and unnoticed detail--but after surgery, that can all change.

Sternal Precautions: Stay Safe After Heart Surgery

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



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.

Sternum Stabilization During Cardiac Rehab

Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 23, 2019 9:47:00 AM


holding heart in hands to represent cardiac rehab

Whether by devouring a book with a passionate eye for plot, rushing out of a movie theater to write a review for some lackluster storyline, or simply enjoying a favorite family narrative, we have all found it to be true: every tale has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Of course, books and movies aren't the only things to experience this uniformity--we see the same pattern in life. One such example lies in undertaking the journey that is heart surgery.

Heart patients endure the beginning of the tale, the surgery itself, and then the middle, the healing process, and finally, the end--the recovery. Today, like any good writer, medical science has started to focus on that middle section, finding ways to minimize complications so that the story itself is smoother--and sternum stabilization is just one revolutionary answer.

Preventing Sternal Wound Dehiscence

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


holding hands in support

Heart surgery can have a long and arduous recovery process that immediately follows the procedure. For some, this recovery process is easier than expected and their 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


patient waiting for open heart surgery

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.