Living With Coronary Artery Disease Treatments

We've developed products that support several treatment options that can get you back to the activities you enjoy. 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.

After Surgery

Your experience after the treatment procedure depends on the treatment you have received. After bypass surgery, you can expect to spend time in intensive care. Stent and balloon therapy is a less invasive procedure that may require a shorter hospital stay.

Daily Living

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, but you need to take responsibility. Take your medication as your doctor prescribes. Adopt a heart-healthy diet. Quit smoking. Get more exercise. See your doctor and cardiologist on a regular basis. After all, it’s your heart, and it’s the only one you’ve got.

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: 22 Sep 2010

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