Recovering From Heart Surgery

At CHI Franciscan Health, your heart care doesn’t end when the surgery does. We believe that excellent follow-up care is essential to a complete recovery, and that’s why we offer you the education, support and counseling you need as you get back on your feet.

What to expect

Your full recovery is our highest priority. Our heart care teams will design an individual recovery plan for you. Together, we’ll get you back to doing the things you love.

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Heart surgery, even a minimally invasive procedure, is a big deal. You may be eager to resume your activities, but be prepared to take it slow and allow your body to heal. Here are a few tips for your recovery:

  • Be patient. Everyone’s experience is different. Your board-certified surgeon, advanced practice clinician (APC), registered nurses and other health care providers will talk to you about what to expect during the recovery period.
  • Follow instructions. You’ll receive instruction and advice about:
    • Caring for your incision
    • When to take pain medication
    • How to manage swelling and discomfort
    • When you can return to normal activities, including work
    • Sign and symptoms that you need to return to your doctor
  • Support groups. We offer many groups, classes and programs designed especially for patients recovering from a heart attack or surgery. Learn more about ongoing support and resources.

Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab is a structured program of supervised exercise and lifestyle modifications designed to strengthen your heart and help you get healthier and be more active. Learn about cardiac rehabilitation at Franciscan Heart Center or the Heart & Vascular Center at Harrison.