Recovering At PMA

Some people get better from heart surgery faster than others. Most people need at least 2 to 3 weeks of healing before they can go back to their normal routine. While you are healing, follow your doctor's advice. Call your doctor if you have questions.

Visit Your Doctor

Follow-up visits with your doctor help make sure that you're healing well. To check your healing, you may have tests. These may include chest x-rays, echoCardiacgrams to show the movement of your heart muscle, and electroCardiacgrams (ECGS) to show if there are any changes in your heart's rhythm. If you are taking medications, blood tests may be done to check your medication levels.

Care for Your Incision

Your incisions may be bruised, itchy, numb, or sore for a few days. If strips of tape were used to close an incision, your doctor will tell you when you can wet and remove them. It's often in about a week. When you shower, gently wash your incisions with warm (not hot) water and soap. Avoid tub baths until your doctor says they're OK, as they affect your blood flow. To help prevent infection, avoid using skin lotions around incisions.

Listen to Your Body

You may be asked to do the following to help check on your healing. If so, do them as instructed by your health care provider.

Weigh yourself daily and write down your weight.

Take your pulse daily. Keep track of your results.

Take your temperature daily to check for a fever.

Watch for other signs of infection, such as a warm, oozing, or tender incision.

Similar of Recovering At PMA

How to Choose (and Get Maximum Mileage From) Your Primary Care Doctor

How to Choose (and Get Maximum Mileage From) Your Primary Care Doctor "When was the last time you had a check-up?" These words can be the last thing most guys want to hear. More often than not, we end up in a doctor's office only

Ask Your Doctor - Your General Health Q & A

Ask Your Doctor - Your General Health Q & A Q.I often wake up in the morning drenched in sweat. Is something wrong with me? A. It may just be that your sheets or nightclothes are made of non-absorbent,

Taking Medications

You may be given medications after your surgery. Medications help protect your heart and keep it working right. Take the medications you're given exactly as

A Story of Non-Surgical "Triple Androgen Blockade" Healing from Prostate Cancer

A hard lump somewhere in my intestines awakened me before dawn on August 25, 1997. It took me less than a millisecond to recognize it as my dread about the

Treating Depression: Patients were not Healing With the First Medicine That I Tried had A Good Chance of Success The Second Time

Treating Depression: Patients were not Healing With the First Medicine (AP) - The largest study ever done on treating depression has found that patients were not healing with the first medicine that I tried had a good chance of

Melanoma : What Your Doctor isn't Telling You

The incidence of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has -soared in recent years-probably-because of the thinning of the ozone layer and our

Your Doctor Menopause

Q.1. What is Menopause? Menopause is the permanent end of cyclic functioning of the ovaries and thus of menstrual periods. Q.2. Usually at What Age Menopause

Comments

Post new comment