Heart Surgery

Nursing Continuing Education

Heart Surgery Teaching 1842

Instructed patient stay active during your recovery. Be sure to start slowly and increase your activity little by little,do not stand or sit in the same spot for too long. Move around a little bit. Walking is a good exercise for the lungs and heart. Take it slowly at first.

Heart Surgery Teaching 1843

Instructed patient stop your activity if you feel short of breath, dizzy, or have any pain in your chest. Do not do any activity or exercise that causes pulling or pain across your chest, (such as using a rowing machine, twisting, or lifting weights.)

Heart Surgery Teaching 1844

Instructed patient It will take 4-6 weeks to heal completely after surgery. During this time, it is normal to: Have mild trouble with short-term memory or feel confused or “fuzzy-headed”Feel tired or have little energy,Have mild trouble with short-term memory or feel confused or “fuzzy-headed”, Feel tired or have little energy, Have trouble sleeping. You should be sleeping normally within a few months. Have some shortness of breath, Have weakness in your arms for the first month, Have trouble sleeping. You should be sleeping normally within a few months. Have some shortness of breath. Have weakness in your arms for the first month

Heart Surgery Teaching 1845

Instructed patient call your doctor or nurse if: You have chest pain or shortness of breath that does not go away when you rest. You have pain in and around your incision that does not continue to get better at home.Your pulse feels irregular it is very slow (fewer than 60 beats a minute) or very fast (over 100 to 120 beats a minute).

Heart Surgery Teaching 1888

Instructed patient immediately after surgery, people are usually practicing very basic self-care and are soon encouraged to get up, to breathe deeply, and to resume eating, drinking and walking. The American Heart Association is working to help families and communities live heart-healthy lives. Use this physical activity information to help you get active and stay active, for life.

Heart Surgery Teaching 1889

Instructed patient a particular diet, it's important that you follow it. If a special diet has not been recommended, balanced, heart-healthy nutrition can speed healing and lessen fatigue. Patient weight control is also important for your heart health; excess weight increases the work of the heart and slows recovery.

Heart Surgery Teaching 1890

Instructed patient during your recovery, find out what pace is right for you as you work your way toward a physically active lifestyle. Under your practitioner’s guidance, you should gradually build up your exercise and activity level. Before you begin a new strenuous activity, make sure it’s okay and find out if you have any guidelines to follow concerning your heart rate or level of exertion. To improve overall cardiovascular health, follow a regular exercise program that includes moderate physical activity for 150 minutes a week.

Heart Surgery Teaching 1891

Instructed patient about lifestyle modifications: healthy life choices will improve your overall health and your heart health and can help you slow the progression of your heart disease. Some heart healthy choices include: healthy diet choices eating a low fat, low salt, low cholesterol diet while avoiding excessive intake of alcohol and caffeine, reduce stress through exercise - Increasing your physical activity is a great way to reduce stress, improve sleep, and lose weight.

Heart Surgery 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.

Heart Surgery 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.