8 Essential Home Care after Open Heart Surgery

8 Essential Home Care after Open Heart Surgery

Home care after open heart surgery! As a patient of open heart surgery, you are searching for the process by which you can take care of yourself and your spouse.

Most people need anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to 3 months to get better after open heart surgery. Before you leave the hospital, you’ll get detailed instructions. But furthermore, you have to take care of yourself at home sincerely after doing open heart surgery.

Your doctor may advise you on exercises, taking your medicines, making follow-up appointments, caring for your wounds, and returning to your normal activities.

But you’ll still have to care for yourself at home. After heart surgery, it may take some time to get used to doing things differently than you did before, but it is possible.

Here are some general things you should do in your home as you recover from open heart surgery. Physical and emotional healing are both parts of getting better.

How to Take care at Home after Perform Open Heart Surgery?

If you are taking care of someone after open-heart surgery or planning for your recovery, here are some suggestions and things you need to know to gain control of the recovery process and help make the best possible outcome.

Check your pulse every day

It can be pretty irritating to feel your heartbeat all over your body. But remember that most of the time, they aren’t serious and usually go away on their own. They can be caused by stress, worry, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, pregnancy, etc.

But as a heart patient, you have to be conscious of your heartbeat. Your heart rate is in a safe range if your pulse is regular. In general, if your pulse is more than 110 beats per minute or less than 60 beats per minute, you should call your doctor. You can measure your pulse by pulse oximeter machine!

Take your medications as your doctor prescribed

Once you get home, keep taking your medications for your heart, diabetes, and high blood pressure, as well as any other medicines your doctor has given you. If you are insincere to take medicine, your complications may aggravate further.

If your heart fails for this reason, it may be life-threatening! You should not stop taking medicine before talking to your doctor. Your doctor will advise you the better suggestions!

Strictly follow-up your appointments

The first six to eight weeks following open-heart surgery can be the most difficult. However, healing time is determined by a variety of factors! It includes the patient’s condition before surgery and how well the patient cares for them self throughout recovery.

In most cases, the patient will have more than one follow-up appointment. To help ensure that the patient’s support system or caregivers know when and where these appointments are. The patient’s plan for leaving the hospital may or may not be the same as other people’s, so it’s suitable for everyone involved in their care to be on the same page!

Keep track your weight regularly

People who are overweight need more blood to get the oxygen and nutrients they need, which raises their blood pressure. Your body needs more pressure to move this blood around. Heart attacks, which are unfortunately more common in obese people, can also be caused by high blood pressure.

Keep track of your weight by weight measurement machine and give that record to your doctor at follow-up appointments. Fluid retention is often the cause of sudden weight gain, which could mean that your heart isn’t working right or that you have a kidney problem. Tell your doctor if you gain more than 2 pounds daily or more than 4 in a week.

Do physical activity at home

When you’ve had a heart incident, it’s normal to consider if you can work out. However, staying active can strengthen your heart and help you get better. But it’s essential to get the right help. If you can, try to go to cardiac rehabilitation sessions.

The best way to start physical activity is to walk, even if it’s just for two minutes. Because the importance of walking are so many! Do the best you can. Do it every day until it gets easier, then increase the time and speed. By weeks four to six, you should be able to work out for 15–20 minutes.

Take care of your incision area

When cleaning your incisions, use warm, not hot, water and pat the area dry. Furthermore, it may be difficult to follow the discharge the instructions regarding care for the incision. It is usual for some straw-colored fluid to be released during healing; however, the patient or caregiver should contact the doctor if they suffer warmth, redness, puffiness, a change in the drainage, pain or soreness, or a fever above 100°F. This could suggest a potential infection several days or even weeks after discharge.

Careful about your sternum recovery

Patients may also feel like their sternum is clicking, which can be scary! But remember that the sternum bone is also healing, which will take time. If the patient feels sudden tightness, pulling, clicking, or grinding, they should stop doing whatever caused it and call their doctor if it keeps happening or gets too bad.

Sincere about the warning signs and symptoms

If you have chest pain that isn’t from your incision, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, a terrible headache that won’t go away, or discomfort in your jaws, teeth, arms, or ears, call your healthcare practitioner or 911 right away.

What can you do to ease back into your daily routine?

After heart surgery, you’ll probably be eager to return to your everyday life, but you need to give your body time to heal. If you do too much, it could slow your healing.

Follow what your health team tells you to do: This is especially important for getting back to driving and lifting heavy things.

Listen to your body: Stop doing something if you get tired quickly or feel pressure or pain. If you push yourself too hard, you are more likely to get hurt or have other problems.

Help your body heal properly: Eating a healthy diet, being active, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and not smoking. These essential lifestyle choices will help you heal and return to your routine.

Be patient: Your recovery may go slower than you’d like, but if you take time, you’ll have fewer setbacks.

What activity shouldn’t do or don’t at home after open heart surgery?

Stay active while you’re getting better, but start slowly at first.

  • Don’t stay standing or sitting in one place for a short time. Get up and move around a bit.
  • After surgery, walking is good for your heart and lungs. Don’t worry about how quickly you’re walking. Don’t walk hurry.
  • It’s ok to climb stairs but use caution, and there might be a balance issue. Take a break, if necessary, halfway up the stairs.
  • Light housework like setting the table, folding clothes, walking, and going up and down stairs should be acceptable.
  • Over the first three months, slowly increase the number of activities you do.
  • Don’t exercise outside when it’s too hot or too cold.
  • Stop if you have breathing difficulty, feel dizzy, or have chest pain. Do not use a rowing machine, lift weights, or do any other activity or exercise that pulls or hurts your chest.
  • Keep the areas where you had surgery out of the sun, so you don’t get sunburn.
  • Ask your provider if you can drive. Don’t think you’ll be able to drive for at least 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. The twisting may pull on your incision when you turn the steering wheel. Ask your doctor when you can return to work, and plan on being out of work for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Don’t go anywhere for at least two to four weeks. Ask your provider if you can go. Also, talk to your provider before you start going out again. After four weeks, it’s usually fine.

You might be sent to a formal program for heart health. You will get advice and information about how to stay active, what to eat, and how to exercise under supervision.

Final Words

Working with a home care support specialist, such as Compassionate Nursing Services, a senior care provider, and other professionals, is one of the best ways to increase this healing phase after open heart surgery. Professionals frequently advise having someone in the home for at least the first few weeks after cardiac surgery.


"Hasan", I am a physiotherapy Doctor. I have completed my B.S.c course (4 years) under Rajshahi University, Faculty of Medicine, Rajshahi. Currently I am working as a clinical physiotherapist at a renowned physiotherapy center and I am continuing my MPT (Master's of physiotherapy) degree at CRP, Savar.

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