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What should I avoid after open-heart surgery?

I will have open-heart surgery. What should I avoid after open-heart surgery?

2 Answers

After you have recovered 6-8 weeks there is really nothing that you have to avoid besides full contact activities but even with these it should be safe after 6 months
You should avoid the followings after heart surgery:
Strenuous exercises
Lifting any weight heavier than 15 pounds for a month
Driving a car for a month
Eating high salt foods
Drinking excessive amount of liquids
Drinking alcohol for a month
Eating high fat diet
If diabetic make sure that your blood sugar is well controlled otherwise you will have problems with wound healing

Good luck with your surgery.