What to Expect During Recovery Checklist

Here are topics you may want to discuss with your doctor:

  • Talk about the results of your post-surgical tests to find out how your repaired (or new) heart valve is performing
  • Learn about the most common post-heart surgery complications as well as the warning signs of infection or other problems
  • Go over the details of your exercise and rehabilitation plan
  • Find out how long it should take your body to heal and feel back to normal
  • Review the medications that you will be taking after surgery, particularly if you need anticoagulation medication after receiving a mechanical heart valve
  • Talk about lifestyle changes that could help you recover and maintain a healthy heart

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