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Living With the Therapy
If you’ve had a bypass, you should start feeling better in 4 to 6 weeks or possibly less, depending on the surgical approach. After a stent implant, you may be able to resume your favorite pursuits even sooner.
The time it will take you to return to your normal activities depends on your treatment. If you have bypass surgery it may take up to 12 weeks, depending on many factors, including which surgical approach was used (conventional, beating heart, or MICS CABG). Ask your doctor what to expect.
Patients treated with stent and balloon therapy may be able to return to their normal routines after about a week. People who do very physical work will need to wait longer. Check with your doctor before doing any strenuous physical activity.
No matter what treatment you receive, it is important to take care of yourself. Your doctor can give you specific suggestions as to how you can improve your cardiovascular health such as taking medication, adopting a healthy diet, quitting smoking and increasing exercise. See your doctor and cardiologist on a regular basis.
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For many people, coronary artery disease treatment improves blood flow through what was the blocked coronary artery. As a result, you should have less chest pain and a greater capacity for exercise.
Although stents and bypass surgery can reopen arteries and help keep them open, these treatments can’t stop atherosclerosis and are not a cure for coronary artery disease. The best way to maintain good results after stenting is to talk to your doctor about adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle. These lifestyle changes can help you prevent or slow the progression of coronary artery disease.
Here are some things you can do right away:
If you live with a patient who is recovering from therapy, it is important to keep in mind that even the smallest considerations go a long way toward making their recovery easier.
Often, even the smallest considerations go a long way to make recovery easier:
Remember that the patient with coronary artery disease is in charge of his or her own recovery. Ask your friend or family member what kind of assistance would be most helpful to him or her.
Always remember that your first job is taking care of yourself. You will not be able to be an effective caregiver unless you are healthy yourself!
Coronary artery bypass surgery is an effective way to restore blood flow to your heart. It can’t stop plaque from forming in the arteries. Nor is it a cure for coronary artery disease (CAD). The best way to maintain good results after your beating heart bypass surgery is to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The following lifestyle changes can help you prevent or slow the progression of coronary artery disease.
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