The thought of heart surgery can be scary. Uncertainty about the procedure and your life afterward can make for an intimidating idea. But, with preparation, you can help ease your concerns and prepare for a healthy life after your procedure.
Why Bypass Surgery Is Necessary
For many reasons, the arteries surrounding your heart can become clogged with plaque, making it harder for your heart to pump blood through your body. Clogged arteries can have severe consequences on your health, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Clogged arteries also increase your risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
CAD can result in symptoms such as:
- Chest pain
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in the feet and hands
It’s worth noting that some people don’t experience symptoms of CAD in its early stages, but the disease can still progress to lead to a heart attack from the blockage.
How to Prepare
Asking your doctor questions is crucial to ease concerns about bypass surgery. Your doctor can answer your questions and explain the details of your procedure. Also, your doctor gives you a thorough exam to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery. Along with following your doctor’s advice, there are several steps you can take to prepare. First, quitting smoking before your procedure can help. Chemicals from cigarettes can create fatty deposits in your arteries and contribute to the problem.
Next, make a trip to your dentist. Since heart and oral health share a surprising connection, you may need clearance from your dentist before your procedure. Bacteria from gum disease can create problems for your heart. Your dentist can examine you can write a clearance letter to confirm your oral health.
Also, preparing your family and friends is crucial to aid in your recovery. For the first few weeks after your procedure, you will need help to complete tasks such as cooking, bathing, and changing bandages.
Bypass surgery is an essential tool to help restore your health. Preparing for your procedure can help you deal with concerns before and after surgery. If you want to learn more, please reach out to Suffolk Vein and Vascular. Schedule a consultation today by calling (631) 476-9100 to reach any of our 3 locations.