Open Heart Surgery – A final note – when to call your doctor

December 8, 2009 by  
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After you get home you may feel a little nervous and worried about being on your own. Well, don’t sit and worry if you think something is not right about your health or healing. If you have any of the following signs of a or infection call your doctor, cardiologist or . Keep their numbers handy. If the signs tell you it’s an emergency and you are not able to reach your doctors, call 911 immediately.

Your stitches or staples will be removed within 10 to 14 days after . You should check your incision every day. Call you doctor if you have signs of infection listed below.

Warning signs of infection

  • red, hot and swollen incisions(s)
  • smelling discharge coming from an incision
  • a temperature over 100 degrees for a few days
  • chest congestion, coughing, and problems with breathing at rest

Warning signs of a heart attack

  • intense, steady pressure or burning pain in the center of your chest
  • pain that starts in the center of the chest and goes to a shoulder and arm (usually the left) or both shoulders and arms, back, neck and jaw
  • prolonged pain in the upper abdomen
  • nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating
  • shortness of breath, looking pale
  • dizziness, light-headedness or fainting
  • frequent angina attacks like you may have had before surgery
  • a sense of anxiety or doom

Warning signs of an emergency

  • your are bleeding a lot of bright red blood or you see blood clots
  • you have a sharp pain that does not go away with your pain medicine
  • your incision(s) opens
  • if you had leg surgery, your leg turns blue or you lose feeling in your leg
  • your fever goes up fast or is over 101 degrees
  • you have allergic reactions to medicines you are taking
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