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How can I help facilitate my own recovery after aortic surgery?

There are methods to facilitate recovery. Perhaps the most important influence is a positive mental attitude. Patients who believe they will have a procedure and then will live an abundant, healthy life will generally have a rapid recovery. The second method, if you are a smoker, is to reduce your number of cigarettes to under five per day. Obviously the time before heart surgery is stressful. It is too optimistic to anticipate that you will quit prior to the operation. In truth, it is probably not a great decision to quit within two weeks of an operation as quitting leads to a temporary increase in mucous production, which increases the need to cough.

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