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Heart Bypass Recovery

1 – The need for bed rest and minimization of stress. This period may take anywhere from a week to four weeks depending on the health of the patient before the surgery and how the surgery goes. The loss of blood from the procedure will mean that the body is anemic and this will cause the patient to tire easily during the initial days of bypass recovery period, so bed rest is compulsory and important.

2 – Infection prevention. Heart bypass is a major procedure requiring a number of incisions and stitches. The risk of infection is very real and proper wound care is absolutely essential to ensure complete recovery. For this, the services of a private nurse may be necessary to ensure that the wound is regularly cleaned, the gauge regularly replaced, and the medication regularly administered to promote healing in the shortest possible time.

3 – Heart health. The heart of the patient should not be subjected to any extra physical work early on in the heart bypass surgery recovery period. The heart will not be strong enough to handle the increased flow of blood and the increased heart rate during this period. Thus, absolute care must be taken to manage the patient’s condition, never allowing them to do much physical exertion until about 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery.

4 – Physical exercise. Once all the incisions have properly healed, it is time to re-condition the heart so it can deal with the normal stresses of everyday living. To do this, patients should have regular walking exercises out on the street or on a treadmill. However, the level of physical intensity should be kept at a minimum at first and then only gradually increased as the patient gains more physical strength. It is very important to watch the routine to be certain exercise is done but kept within reasonable boundaries.