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  POST CARDIAC SURGERY DISCHARGE INSTRUCTION

 

POST CARDIAC SURGERY DISCHARGE INSTRUCTION

  • Shower every day, washing the incision gently with soap and water. DO NOT swim, soak in a hot tub
  • Stop activity if you feel short of breath, dizzy, or 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 or weight lifting
  • Keep incision areas protected from the sun to avoid sunburn
  • Stop smoking & alcohol
  • Control blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, begin exercising regularly, reduce weight if necessary, and reduce stress
  • Sleep on your back, side or stomach
  • Don't use any powders, lotions, or oils on your incision until it is well healed
  • Take your medications exactly as directed
  • Limit canned, dried, packaged, and fast foods.
  • Don't add salt to your food at the table
  • DO NOT DRIVE 4 -6 WEEKS
  • Follow up visit

 

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