Sternum Stabilization During Cardiac Rehab

Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 23, 2015 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.

Sternum Stabilization

Heart surgery often requires that extremely invasive incisions be made along the sternum. Naturally, this can cause complications: infections, dangerous inflammation of mid-test tissues in a condition called mediastinitis, and even the rupturing of a wound along the suture lines (wound dehiscence). To minimize these complications and make the "middle" of the heart surgery story a more comfortable and safe one, medical science has come up with revolutionary devices for sternum stabilization. Although the devices themselves fluctuate in design, the goal remains steady: stabilize the chest and incision area.

What Sternum Support Can Do

Sternum support can be a decisive factor in how the "middle" of a heart surgery story will play out. Here are just a few things that sternum stabilization can do.

  • Limit complications. With the invasive nature of heart surgery comes the natural risk of complications. However, sternum support and the devices that offer it can greatly limit these complications: minimizing unnecessary and detrimental movement means that healing can take place more efficiently.
  • Minimize pain. Even everyday movements can seem complicated after heart surgery. Sternum support devices will be able to help with this, offering personalized chest support when the individual needs it most. This stabilization offers greater ranges of movement with less pain.
  • Speed up rehabilitation. By stabilizing the sternum, these revolutionary devices can offer patients a much broader range of rehabilitation options, as well as fewer risks. Physical movement, deep breathing, and cough support are all offered by sternum support devices, meaning that the "middle" of this story can be finished quicker than ever.

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