Recovering from any cardiovascular complication involves following the careful direction of your physician, including the cardiologist recommendation, while learning to interpret the warning signs of your own body. Following a cardiovascular event, especially those which require hospitalization, many heart patients describe an overwhelming feeling of fear and uncertainty as they return home. To prepare for the return to daily living activities, the cardiac patient should be educated in a few simple home care processes.
First, when returning home after a cardiac event which required hospitalization, especially surgery, it is important to limit the activity and involvement in household chores and cleaning. For up to six weeks after surgery, or a cardiac event, household chores should be performed by someone other than cardiac patient, especially those which may place pressure upon the breast bone; including vacuuming, laundry and sweeping.
Simple personal hygiene, such as bathing, can also be challenging when returning home after heart surgery. While full body bathing can not be done until the incision is healed, sponge bathing is possible with the assistance of another individual. The key to bathing, at any point, for up to six weeks after surgery, is to avoid extremely hot water as the increase in water temperature may impact the cardiovascular system of the cardiac patient negatively.
While the cardiologist may have placed the cardiac patient on a rigid diet, the cardiac patient will still need to practice control of diet as it is also important to avoid some basic food preparations immediately after cardiac surgery or a cardiac event which required hospitalization. Such food preparation processes that should be avoided might include trying to unscrew lids from jars and carrying heavy pots of water. Again, any action which may impose pressure upon the breast bone is highly discouraged.
As with any surgical event, following proper post surgical recommendations, as well as avoiding specific activities at home, will work to ensure optimal post surgery recovery is provided, especially in the case of cardiac surgery. As a single or widowed person, returning home after cardiac surgery, the care and support of both family members and friends will play a crucial role in the speed of recovery. In addition, the cardiologist may recommend the services of a home health aide to ensure strenuous activities are not attempted in the absence of friends and family.
As cardiac events generally bring about a sense of depression or emotional turmoil for the cardiac patient, ensuring some degree of independence is restored will provide for optimal health outcomes in the long run. To restore this degree of independence, the cardiac patient must allow the body proper healing time.