Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery Teaching 1801

Instructed patient diet: Your doctor will probably recommend that you follow a low fat, no added-salt diet after discharge. This may reduce your risk of a heart attack in the future and your risk for requiring angioplasty or surgery again. You should try to have less than 30 percent of your calories from fat. Try to control your weight and eat less saturated fat and cholesterol.

Heart Surgery Teaching 1802

Instructed patient Lifting: You should not put too much strain on your sternum while it is healing. Avoid lifting, pushing, or pulling anything heavier than 10 pounds for six weeks after surgery. This includes carrying children, groceries,suitcases, mowing the grass, vacuuming, and moving furniture. Don’t hold your breath during any activity, especially when lifting anything or when using the rest

Heart Surgery Teaching 1803

Instructed patient when to resume usual activities, light housekeeping (dusting, setting the table, washing dishes, folding clothes) light gardening (potting plants, trimming flowers) needlework, reading, cooking meals, climbing stairs, Small mechanical jobs, shopping, attending sports events, church, movies, and restaurants, passenger in car, Walking, treadmill, stationary bike, shampooing hair and playing cards/games.