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Post-Op Pain Management Without Opioids

Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 24, 2018 10:20:34 AM


pain management without opioids after heart surgery

After surgery, pain management becomes a priority, and prescription medications like opioids are typically the first line of defense. For many, the idea of using opioids is concerning -- after all, we constantly hear all the terrible stories about the opioid crisis. While some medication is necessary in most cases, there are several other alternatives for pain management. Always talk to your doctor about your plans for pain management. Here are some of the best options to consider.

Things to Watch for After Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on May 30, 2016 1:54:00 PM


woman looking in the mirror

There’s no more important time to stay in tune with your body than after heart surgery. It is essential to the recovery process that you note pain and discomfort. This is especially critical for the incision site and surrounding areas. There are many different things to watch for after your procedure. Along with these you may find it difficult to jump back into regular activities. Giving your body adequate time to heal and fully recover is extremely vital.

What to Expect After Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jan 4, 2016 3:35:00 PM


heart puzzle

Do you remember the first time you saw a diagram of a real human heart? The sight was probably shocking, considering most of us spend our young childhood years imagining a heart as a simple, rounded shape that exchanges medical accuracy for endearing charm. Your viewpoint of the heart was changing, and suddenly, your own heart seemed alien and extraordinary. After cardiac surgery, the same thing is happening--your viewpoint of your own heart is changing once again. As a result, it can often be a great comfort to simply know what to expect after heart surgery.

Common Effects of Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jul 6, 2015 11:53:00 AM


common effect of heart surgery

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.

Things to Remember Following Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on May 1, 2015 8:57:00 PM


Cardiologist talking to heart surgery patient

Recovery for a patient that just went through heart surgery becomes very important, as it is the way to get back to normal following the procedure. Having heart surgery is a necessity that one must face in order to get healthy, and the postoperative recovery time is an important thing to keep in mind following a major surgery. Since it is unavoidable, it is in the patient’s best interest to make the recovery period as smooth as possible. This is done by sticking to the doctor’s orders as well as avoiding any unnecessary complications.