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What can I eat after my heart surgery?

For some time, you may not have much of an appetite and may be encouraged to eat small meals with high calorie and protein content. As you heal and your appetite improves, it will become more important to avoid excessive calorie intake and focus on making heart-healthy choices.

After surgery, many people have a rise in their blood sugar level (even if they are not diabetic). Your care team will check your blood sugar frequently. Some patients may need insulin to correct blood sugar levels. This may be on a short-term basis or may continue when you go home. A diabetes expert will work with you to develop a treatment plan, if necessary.

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