Heart Surgeries

What symptoms should I watch for after heart surgery?

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  • If you had heart surgery, watch for these symptoms and call your healthcare provider if they occur:
    • Temperature over 100.4 degrees F for 3 days in a row or any fever over 101.5 degrees F
    • Angina or a "smothering feeling"
    • Racing or irregular heartbeat, especially if accompanied with light-headedness or weakness
    • Pain that limits your daily activities
    • Leg, arm, or sternum incisions that are red or hot to touch
    • Increase in amount of drainage from incisions
    • Change in the color of drainage from incisions, from clear yellow to cloudy white or yellow, possibly with a foul smell
    • Increased swelling or soreness around incisions, especially with a fever
    • Clicking or movement in your sternum after 6 to 8 weeks
    • Calf swelling or tenderness, warmth, or pain
  • If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is essential for you to let your doctor know:
    • chills, or fever above 101° F
    • fainting or a severe headache
    • drainage from an incision
    • loss of consciousness
    • pain not relieved by pain medication
    • blood in urine or stool
    • fluttering in the chest or a rapid heart rate (palpitations)
    • shortness of breath that does not go away with rest
    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • increased swelling, redness, or bruising in or around the incisions
    • marked swelling of legs, ankles, and/or feet
This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.
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