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Getting surgery of any kind can be a daunting experience. And, with so much happening, it can be a confusing and worrying time, so it's good to get educated about what to expect, and how to look after yourself post-surgery.
Bypass surgery is a type of heart surgery, where an alternative route past a blockage or narrowing in your artery or vein is made. This helps improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart. It is sometimes known as CABG.
So, if you've had — or are going to have — bypass surgery, you'll need to know what to do following that surgery. This 10 step guide is just for you:
1. Attend regular health check-ups
Your doctor will want to ensure you make a full recovery, so it's important to attend all check-ups to keep an eye on cholesterol, blood pressure, and simply your health in general.
2. Take medications as prescribed
It's important that you take your medication at the prescribed times and doses, to keep your health in check.
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