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How should I watch for swelling after heart surgery?

Check your legs and arms for swelling. It is normal to have a small amount of swelling in the leg(s), especially at night. To prevent and alleviate swelling, elevate your legs for about 20 to 30 minutes, three times a day.

Notify your surgeon if you notice swelling every day, in the morning or abnormal swelling of the ankles.

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