Following your surgery, you will typically spend two days in the intensive care unit (ICU) before being moved to a cardiac medical-surgical floor. Your health care team will monitor your progress and give you instructions to follow in the hospital and at home to help accelerate recovery.
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You should understand how to manage your anticoagulation medication to prevent blood clots from forming on your new heart valve.
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To promote a healthy recovery, follow your doctor’s advice and be aware of the activities you should and should not do.
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Managing Other Medications
You will need to take all of your medications as prescribed and understand what each one does. Consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements.
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Understanding and Preventing Complications
After your procedure, you will need to understand how to prevent or recognize signs of complications. This will include caring for your incision, preventing fluid retention and infection and understanding possible side effects of anticoagulation medication.
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