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Cardiac Patient Care Handbook

These guidelines from cardiac rehab are designed to assist you in your recovery. It is recommended that you follow these guidelines for the first two weeks after discharge unless you have been told differently from your doctor. You always need to pace yourself, to listen to your body and to rest when needed.

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Exercise

You may resume walking at home and may walk the distance you are used to. If you have not been walking, you may start at a low level. A home walking program may be enclosed for you to follow as a guide. Follow these steps unless advised not to by your doctor.

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Lifting

Do not lift over 10 pounds for the first 2 or 3 days at home. Do not lift over 20 pounds for the first 2 weeks at home.

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Stairs

As Tolerated.

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Work

Depends on the type of work. You need to check with your own doctor.

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Driving

May resume 2 to 3 days after discharge unless advised differently.

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Household Chores

May resume light housework such as dishes or laundry. Wait 2 to 3 days before using the vacuum cleaner.

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Sexual Activity

May resume 2 to 3 days after discharge

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Puncture Site

May have soreness at the site and area can become bruised.

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Diet

Follow a low fat diet.

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Smoking

This is a major risk factor for heart disease. If you are a smoker, we urge you to quit. If you find you need help in quitting, talk with your doctor or the cardiac rehab center.

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Cardiac Rehab

We recommend these classes as part of your recovery. Talk with your doctor about this option. Feel free to contact your local cardiac rehab center.

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Please notify your doctor if:

  • Chest pain returns.
  • Leg is white, numb, or very painful.
  • There is bleeding at the puncture site.
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