You should have someone to stay with you in your home for at least the first 1 - 2 weeks.
Learn how to check your pulse, and check it every day.
Do the breathing exercises you learned in the hospital for 4 - 6 weeks.
Shower every day, washing the incision gently with soap and water. Do NOT swim, soak in a hot tub, or take baths until your incision is completely healed. Follow a heart-healthy diet.
If you feel depressed, talk with your family and friends. Ask your doctor about getting help from a counselor.
Continue to take all your medications for your heart, diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other conditions you have.
- Do not stop taking any medicine without talking with your doctor or nurse first.
- Your doctor may recommend antiplatelet (blood-thinning) drugs -- such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), prasugrel (efient), or ticagrelor (Brilinta) -- to help keep your artery graft open.
- If you are taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin), you may need to have extra blood tests to make sure your dose is correct.
Know how to respond to angina symptoms.