CABGCoronary Artery Bypass Graft patients the best advice we could do is offer prevention programs of exercise, diet, change of lifestyle and supplementation…
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After the operation, the patient will spend 5-7 days in the hospital, with the first 2 hours in an intensive-care unit (ICU). In the ICU, heart function is monitored continuously.
Patients may require the temporary assistance of a breathing tube for a few hours after surgery. Two to three tubes in the chest drain fluid from around the heart and are usually removed one to three days after surgery.
A urinary catheter in the bladder drains urine until the patient is able to void on his own. Intravenous lines (IV) provide fluids and medications. Nurses watch the monitors and check vital signs (pulse, temperature, breathing) constantly.
When constant monitoring is no longer needed, usually within 12-24 hours, the patient is moved to a regular or a transitional care unit. Activity is gradually resumed and the patient may begin a cardiac rehabilitation program within a few days. The incision in the chest does not bother most people after the first 48-72 hours.
After surgery, it takes 4-6 weeks to start feeling better. During recovery it is normal to:
* Have a poor appetite -- it will take several weeks for it to return.
* Have swelling in the leg if the graft was taken from the leg. Elevating the leg and wearing elastic TED hose for several weeks helps reduce swelling.
* Have difficulty sleeping at night -- this will improve.
* Have constipation.
* Have mood swings and feel depressed -- this will get better.
* Have difficulty with short-term memory or feel confused -- this also improves.
The full benefits from the operation may not be determined until 3-6 months after surgery. Sexual activities may be resumed 4 weeks after surgery. All activities that do not cause fatigue are permitted, and the schedule for resuming normal activities is determined with the physician.
When Can I Anticipate Full Recovery?
Individuals will increase their activities at different speeds. Some days will seem better than other days. Week by week you should be able to increase your endurance and activities. When you first go home, dressing, personal hygiene, reading, writing, visiting, walking and resting should fill your day. You may go out for short car rides if you have someone to drive you. You can expect it to be about six weeks to three months before you will completely recover.
How Much Exercise Should I Do?
Walking will be your best form of exercise. It will help speed your recovery and increase your strength. Walking will help strengthen your heart muscle and lets the heart perform the same amount of work with less stress. It's all right to climb stairs. Go slowly and rest frequently if you become tired, short of breath or dizzy. Avoid heavy lifting or activities that cause you to strain.