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Talking About Your Recovery

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Talking to family and friends is an important part of recovering from your procedure. It will take some time for your body to heal and, as you recover, you will need to rely on others for help. Discussing what to expect with those around you will allow you to focus on a healthy recovery.

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Talking To Family and Friends

You may be surprised to learn that your family members and friends are more anxious and concerned about your procedure than you are. At times, they may try so hard to help and support you that they become overprotective. Be sure to keep the lines of communication open and be clear about how and when you need help.

As your caregivers, your family or friends may want to attend your doctor appointments with you. They can help you by:

  • Organizing all of the informational materials you receive from your cardiologist or surgeon
  • Handling appointment scheduling
  • Accompanying you to your appointments and taking notes
  • Providing transportation to and from the clinic and hospital
  • Making arrangements for your recovery at home
  • Watching for signs of complications
  • Helping to keep your spirits up

With the help of friends and family, you may feel better informed and may recover more quickly.

Last Reviewed: March 11, 2011 900245