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People in recovery from
coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery may need
assistance from family members and friends in a variety of ways. You may help
your loved one for several weeks during recovery with a number of tasks,
including shopping, cleaning, and driving. You can also help support your loved one in making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods. Also, he or she may rely on
you for emotional support.
If you have a family member or other loved one who has just returned
home from the hospital after CABG surgery, you may want to know what you can do
to help. Your loved one may not be able to do normal activities and may
also need a great deal of encouragement and emotional support.
Your loved one who has just had open-heart surgery may have
considerable physical limitations. So he or she may rely on others for
help with relatively simple but important tasks. You and your friends and
family may choose to assume a large role in managing his or her day-to-day
life. You can help by:
Being a full-time caregiver may be an unfamiliar role for you. Maybe
you never imagined yourself spending most of your time taking care of a loved
one. There are several things you can do to help provide the emotional support
Being a caregiver can be mentally and physically challenging. There
are things you can do to help make the situation more manageable for yourself.
Remember that you will only be an effective and loving caregiver if you are in
good physical and mental shape. Try to find ways to reduce the stress of caregiving.
Other Works Consulted
Kulik A, et al. (2015). Secondary prevention after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 131(10): 927–964. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000182. Accessed April 6, 2015.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
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