Your Heart and Surgery
About Your Heart
Heart Surgery Overview
While You Wait
Waiting For Surgery
When to Call Your Family Doctor
Getting Ready for Surgery
The Night Before Surgery
Day of Surgery
Care After Surgery
Activity After Surgery
Getting Ready to Go Home
Recovering at Home
When to Call Your Doctor
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Shower the night before your surgery. If you were given any special cleansing products, use them as directed. The morning of your surgery a nurse will also give you antibacterial wipes (this will help remove any germs still on your skin).
Please take off all jewellery, make-up, nail polish (fingers and toes), and take out piercings.
You’ll be instructed about what you can eat and drink before surgery and when you need to stop eating or drinking. If you eat or drink too close to your surgery time, it may be postponed or cancelled.
Take your medicine as directed by your doctor or nurse. If you have trouble sleeping, please talk with your doctor before your surgery.
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