Features February 2011 Issue

Heart Surgery Can Result in Several Medical Complications

Some post-surgical conditions, such as insomnia, can be managed easily or will fade over time, while others require further treatment.

You’ve had open-heart surgery—perhaps coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve surgery, or a combination of the two–and now you’re adjusting to life as a cardiac patient. But getting used to focusing on diet and exercise, new medications and physical healing are only some of what you may experience in the weeks and months ahead. While some patients sail through recovery, others are at increased risk of postoperative complications. Knowing your risk can help you have realistic expectations for your post-surgical recovery.

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