After-effects of heart surgery are
normal. They may include muscle pain, chest pain, or swelling (especially
if you have an incision in your leg from coronary artery bypass grafting,
or CABG). Other after-effects may include loss
of appetite, problems sleeping, constipation, and mood swings and depression.
After-effects usually go away over time.
Recovery time after heart surgery
depends on the type of surgery you had, your overall health before the surgery,
and any complications from the surgery.
Dr. Matter will let you know when
you can go back to your daily routine, such as working, driving, and physical
Ongoing care after your surgery will
include checkups with Dr. Matter or your cardiologist. During these visits, you may have blood
tests, an EKG (electrocardiogram), echocardiography, or a stress test. These
tests will show how your heart is working after the surgery.
After some types of heart surgery,
you'll need to take a blood-thinning medicine. Your doctor will do routine
tests to make sure you're getting the right amount of medicine.
Dr. Matter, your cardiologist and your primary care doctor may recommend lifestyle
changes and medicines to help you stay healthy. Lifestyle changes may include
quitting smoking, changing your diet, being physically active, and reducing
and managing stress.
Dr. Matter and your cardiologist also may refer you to
cardiac rehabilitation (rehab). Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program
that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart
Cardiac rehab includes exercise training,
education on heart healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help
you recover. Your doctor can tell you where to find a cardiac rehab program
near your home.