You may want to have someone stay with you in your home for the first week.
Learn how to check your pulse, and check it every day.
Do the breathing exercises you learned in the hospital for the first 1 - 2 weeks.
Weigh yourself every day.
Shower every day, washing your 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 are feeling depressed, talk with your family and friends. Ask your doctor about getting help from a counselor.
Continue to take all your medicines 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 drugs (blood thinners) -- 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 have extra blood tests to make sure your dose is correct.
Know how to respond to angina symptoms.