Living With Coronary Artery Disease Treatments

If you’ve had a bypass, you should start feeling better in 4 to 6 weeks or possibly less, depending on the surgical approach. After a stent implant, you may be able to resume your favorite pursuits even sooner.

The time it will take you to return to your normal activities depends on your treatment. If you have bypass surgery it may take up to 12 weeks, depending on many factors, including which surgical approach was used (conventional, beating heart, or MICS CABG). Ask your doctor what to expect.

Patients treated with stent and balloon therapy may be able to return to their normal routines after about a week. People who do very physical work will need to wait longer. Check with your doctor before doing any strenuous physical activity.

No matter what treatment you receive, it is important to take care of yourself. Your doctor can give you specific suggestions as to how you can improve your cardiovascular health such as taking medication, adopting a healthy diet, quitting smoking and increasing exercise. See your doctor and cardiologist on a regular basis.
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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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