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Why can daily walking before surgery be so important?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A week of daily walking before your surgery can help you recover significantly faster after surgery, I've found in my own patients. And walking is especially important after your procedure; thousands of patients every year are infected with pneumonia because they don't get enough movement; that lets bacteria-infested mucus accumulate in their lungs. Walking helps your lungs get rid of the bad stuff.

Of course, check with your doctor or nurse before you hop out of bed and start trotting off to parts unknown. Be sure you're ready and have someone accompany you during the first few outings.
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