- Quit smoking and drinking at least two weeks before your open-heart procedure.
- Start your deep breathing exercises early.
- See a dentist.
- Eat well and exercise.
- Do your homework.
- Appoint a point person.
Dec 7, 2016
Dec 7, 2016
Questions before scheduling surgery:
Your surgeon will make a 6- to 8-inch incision (cut) down the center of your chest wall. Then, he or she will cut your breastbone and open your rib cage to reach your heart. During the surgery, you'll receive medicine to thin your blood and keep it from clotting.Jul 12, 2021
Some discomfort around the cut and in your muscles -- including itching, tightness, and numbness along the incision -- is normal. But it shouldn't hurt as much as it did before your surgery. If you had a bypass, your legs may hurt more than your chest if the surgeon used leg veins as grafts.Jul 15, 2020
The total number of calories per day, on average, to consume pre-heart surgery is fairly low, at 1,200 to 1,800. Diet recommendations include more servings of fruits and vegetables than whole grains, proteins, or healthy fats. Restrictions are suggested for sweets, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners.Aug 20, 2020
You may have routine tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), a chest X-ray, blood tests, carotid ultrasound,and vein mapping, along with an in-depth class on open heart surgery. Testing and the class usually take about four hours and are completed a week before your scheduled surgery.