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Teaching 1896
Instructed patient contact your doctor immediately if you have a fever, chills, redness, bleeding, irregular heart beat, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or dizziness. Report redness, swelling, increased drainage or excessive pain at the surgical incision.
Teaching 1895
Instructed patient common post-operative guidelines following minimally invasive heart valve surgery include the following: follow-up visits with your doctor are very important for management of your medications. You will require blood tests periodically if you are on blood thinners to ensure the dose you are taking is safe.
Teaching 1894
Instructed patient common post-operative guidelines following minimally invasive heart valve surgery include the following: you must notify your doctor before undergoing any invasive medical or dental procedures. All heart valve surgery patients will require antibiotic medications prior to certain dental or medical procedures to prevent a serious infection of the heart and valves called bacterial endocarditis.
Teaching 1893
Instructed patient common post-operative guidelines following minimally invasive heart valve surgery include the following: you will be encouraged to walk, gradually increasing the distance and frequency. Your doctor may recommend an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program for exercise and education, you will have soreness and bruising around the incision site. You will be given pain medication to keep you comfortable.
Teaching 1892
Instructed patient common post-operative guidelines following minimally invasive heart valve surgery include the following: you will be encouraged to cough and deep breathe. You may be given a spirometer, a device for breathing exercises to keep fluid out of your lung, once all your tubes have been removed, you will be encouraged to shower daily and wash your incision with a mild soap to prevent infection.