Coronary Artery Bypass surgery recovery diverts the flow of blood that is blocked or partly blocked the artery in your heart.

To improve blood flow to your muscular tissue, it makes a replacement pathway to the core.  Traditionally, your doctor makes a large incision in the chest and temporarily stops the heart to bypass the blocked artery. Your doctor cuts the sternum to open the chest and spreads it apart.

Once the heart is exposed, tubes will be inserted into the heart by the doctor so that the machine can pump up the blood through the body by a heart-lung bypass machine. The bypass machine is essential to pump blood while the heart is stopped.

Coronary Artery Symptoms

Your doctor uses the surgery to treat a blockage or narrowing of one or more of the arteries to revive the blood supply to your cardiac muscle. The symptoms of the disease may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Indigestion
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Fatigue (severe tiredness)
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
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This complication typically happens when it involves cutting through the outer covering of the heart. The problem usually is mild. However, some patients may develop fluid buildup. It will go around the heart that needs treatment.

Even if you have done surgery, lifestyle changes are still a necessary a part of treatment once operation. Medications are routine once the surgery to lower your blood sterol, and reduce the risk of developing a blood clot and facilitate your heart function as well as possible.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Recovery

During this time, you may be attached to various tubes, drips and drains that provide you with fluids and allow blood and urine to drain away. These will be removed as you get better.  It’s likely you’ll feel some discomfort and grogginess after the procedure, but you’ll be given painkillers to help relieve any pain. Tell your doctor or nurse if the pain increases or if you notice any excessive bleeding.

Coronary artery bypass surgery recovery procedure takes time and everyone recovers at slightly different speeds. Generally, you should be able to sit in a chair after one day, walk after three days and walk up and down stairs after five or six days.

Most people make a full recovery within 12 weeks of the operation. However, if you experience complications during or after surgery, your recovery time is likely to be longer.

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Levine Lee

Life Planner at Red Cover Life Planning
Levine Lee is an expert AIA insurance agent and life planner. She has over 12 years of working experience with AIA and ING Insurance as an insurance agent and life planner.This makes her efficient and effective to manage clients for AIA Group Insurance Plans, AIA Life Insurance and AIA Takaful policies.Based in the Klang Valley in Malaysia, Levine serves her customers all over Malaysia, as they move between cities because of job changes.

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