Heart Surgery Recovery - What You Need To Know

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Heart Surgery Recovery - What You Need To Know

Alisha Shaji

Alisha Shaji

Updated on March 30, 2024

Medically verified by Dr. Arya

Fact checked by Dr. Pournami

Cardiology

10 min read

We all are familiar with the term heart surgery with the rising incidence of heart-related problems in India.

But have you ever thought what a heart surgery would be like? Or wondered how your life will be after heart surgery?

How long will it take you to recover? How will you handle the recovery?

As always, you’re in the right place. Karetrip is here to help you understand about the recovery process and address all your queries.

What is Heart Surgery?

First thing first, what is heart surgery?

It is a medical procedure which is done to correct problems related with the heart.

The doctors will recommend a heart surgery only when all other methods like lifestyle changes, medicines and other procedures are inappropriate.

In a few cases the cardiologist will directly refer for surgery, such as in case of cardiac arrest. The important thing to consider is that the recovery time is unique and it varies from person to person.

How Long Will It Take To Recover?

One cannot exactly predict the recovery time as it differs from person to person depending on the surgery you have undergone and your overall well being.

There are different types of heart surgeries like Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Heart Valve Surgery, Aneurysm Repair Surgery, Septal Myectomy, Heart Transplant Surgery.

Type of SurgeryWhat the surgery isRecovery period
CABGThis particular surgery is done for the individuals who are suffering from coronary artery diseases12 weeks
Heart Valve SurgeryManages the problems that affect the valves by repairing or replacing them2-3 months
Aneurysm Repair SurgeryThis surgery replace the damaged part of the aorta with a graft. This is an artificial artery made of cloth2-3 months
Septal MyectomyThis surgery is performed for patients whose cardiac muscles are too thick. It generally affects the septum, when a small part of septum is removed the blood flow from left ventricle to aorta increases and the patient feels relaxed6-8 weeks
Heart Transplant SurgeryThe treatment offered for people who suffer from heart failure at the final stage. It involves replacing your heart with the donor's heart.3-6 months
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How is One's Heart Condition Monitored After Surgery?

Undoubtedly we can assure you that the doctors, nurses and all healthcare professionals will keenly observe you and they will provide you with the instructions which you should follow for a fast and effective recovery.

Here, we are enlisting the utmost important things that you should follow without fail.

  • Check your pulse daily It is a known fact that pulse demonstrates whether the heart rate is within a safe and sound range. If you recognize that the rhythm of your pulse is irregular immediately inform your doctor. The minimum rate is 60 per minute and the maximum should be 110 per minute.

  • Check your weight regularly Track your weight and keep the track record when you go for your following ups. A sudden increase in your weight is a sign that your heart is not working properly; it may be the sign of fluid retention. Bring to the notice of your doctor that if you have gained 2 pounds in a day or 4 pounds in a week.

  • Take your medicines as instructed by your doctor Once you are at your home it is your responsibility to take care of your heart. So consume all your medicines as instructed by your doctor and consult the doctor before you stop any intake of medicine which was prescribed for you for any disease like diabetics, blood pressure and so on.

  • Never fail to go for follow-up appointments The post-surgery medical appointments are very crucial for examining your heart’s health. So remember to bring all your records when you visit the doctor and clear all your queries without hesitation.

How Should You Take Care of Yourself At Home?

The expert team of medical professionals will provide you with the health care routine which you should practise at home.

It is very important that in the initial two weeks following the surgery, there should be someone to take care of you.

It would be perfect if it is a caregiver or a person with adequate medical knowledge.

The following are the major after care practices that should be practised at home.

  • Care for the incision and notice the sign of infections.
  • Use warm water to clean the incision and keep the area dry.
  • Practise light exercises that improve the function of the heart and lungs.
  • Do yogas begin with light asanas.
  • Monitor the weight and note the fluctuations.

How Can You Get Back To Your Normal Life?

Don't worry. You can definitely lead a normal life as earlier, but certain things need to considered, like:

  • Follow your doctor's instruction You should follow the instructions put forward by the Doctor especially when coming to driving and lifting weights.

  • Listen to your body If you face some difficulty in doing something, kindly stop it and never put yourself under too much pressure and make the condition more complicated.

  • Eat a healthy diet Allow your body to heal properly for this practice, a healthy diet and drink enough water, reduce your stress and get enough sleep.

Remember, that even though only your heart underwent surgery, your whole body will be going through a tough time.

So all what you need is patience and a strong willpower

Key Takeaways

Heart surgery is a medical procedure which is done to correct problems related with the heart.

There are different types of heart surgeries like Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Heart Valve Surgery, Aneurysm Repair Surgery, Septal Myectomy, Heart Transplant Surgery.

There are different ways by which the cardiac patient will be monitored like checking the pulse, checking the weight, going for follow-ups and so on.

A cardiac patient should be given proper care at home. The important among them are cleaning of incisions to prevent it from getting infected and helping the patient to monitor the weight and do some exercises.

It is a myth that cardiac patients can't lead an ordinary life. They can lead an ordinary life by having a proposed diet and taking the meditation on time

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