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.

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