Heart Surgery: Pre-Op
Watch this animation to see how surgeons restore normal blood flow within a heart that has narrowed or blocked arteries.
Understand how deep and controlled breathing exercises can help strengthen your lungs after surgery.
This checklist will help you answer questions you may be facing before major surgery such as: How do I avoid financial surprises? Is there anything I can do to help speed up my recovery? How can I make my recovery as pain free as possible? What don't I know?
Heart Surgery: During Hospital Stay
Watch these suggestions for supporting your loved one while he or she prepares for, and recovers from, heart surgery.
Learn strategies for rating and describing your pain level to members of your cardiac team, so they can treat it.
In a hospital, ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit. CCU stands for Coronary Care Unit. These are places with special equipment and highly trained nurses and doctors. This is where patients go after open-heart surgery or a heart attack. You're watched around the clock. The care you get here will help you recover safely and quickly. You may stay for several days, depending on the type of heart surgery and the time you need to recover. Then you may go to a regular hospital room.
Heart Surgery: Home Recovery
See how following the activity guidelines set by your doctor can help you gradually return your pre-surgery routines.
Watch this video to learn about the common medications you may take after heart surgery, and strategies for taking them as prescribed.
Learn how you can expect to be feeling three to six weeks after heart surgery and how cardiac rehabilitation can help.
Learn how you and your loved ones can cope with the emotions commonly experienced after heart surgery.
Learn what heart-healthy lifestyle changes you should make to help reduce health problems in the future.
In order to maximize recovery and minimize the chance of hospital readmission, patients must take an active role in their recovery. This program will share what to expect early in the recovery process as well as common complications, how to prevent them and what to do if they arise.
Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a heart operation. It uses blood vessels taken from another part of your body to go around or "bypass" blocked or narrowed coronary (heart) arteries. The surgery helps people whose coronary arteries have become narrowed or blocked by fatty material called plaque. The bypass allows more blood and oxygen to flow to the heart muscle.
This surgical procedure is performed to treat an aneurysm, a bulge in the wall of an artery, inside the skull. Aneurysms can often become so large that they rupture or leak. In this procedure, a small, metal clip is applied to the base of the aneurysm to prevent blood leakage.
This procedure, usually performed by the time a child reaches school age, is used to repair an atrial septal defect. The defect occurs in the wall between the heart's two atrial chambers, creating abnormal blood flow. The surgery involves closing the hole with a patch.