Once you have been discharged from the hospital, you may still need care. We call this subacute nursing care. This care is of the utmost importance as it can greatly aid your recovery and also improve your general health. General aftercare for those with cardiovascular disease can include:
- Dietary management
- Enteral nutrition if required (feeding through a tube)
- Pain management
Nutrition and maintaining a healthy diet is of vital importance. Eating unhealthily can contribute to cardiovascular disease and raise cholesterol.
Coronary bypass surgery is a major operation. Initially, you will recover in an intensive care unit. After a typical stay in the hospital of 3-5 days, you can receive subacute nursing care. Total recovery times are estimated at six weeks – this can depend on the severity of the condition, and how your body reacts to the surgery.
Care and recovery involve the following:
- Checking for signs of infection
- Ensuring the chest scar is clean and dressings are changed
- Taking medication and allowing your body to adjust to the drugs
- Potentially taking a cardiac rehabilitation program
Although not as serious as bypass surgery, coronary angioplasty is just as important. This involves inserting a stent into a coronary artery to widen the vessels and prompt a greater blood flow.
Similar aftercare is required for a cardiac stent operation. It is important to drink fluids and to refrain from strenuous exercise. This gives your heart and body chance to adjust to the increased blood flow coursing through your vessels and arteries.
As you can see, cardiovascular disease care is an integral part of the recovery process.
Haym Salomon Home’s sub-acute unit has been specifically designed for patients with serious conditions, and those recovering from surgery. The unit is composed of a team of infinitely skilled and professional specialists. Due to this fact, you can have the peace of mind, that your loved ones are in good hands. If they are in need of cardiovascular disease care, Haym Salomon Home’s sub-acute unit is the ideal place.