Will I be allowed to lift things after heart surgery?

When you first arrive home from the hospital, you may find that even the smallest items are hard to lift without straining your chest. Here are several practical suggestions to make lifting easier:
  • Avoid heavy lifting, such as full suitcases, wet laundry, or full grocery bags.
  • For small objects on a table or countertop, first pull them close to you and then lift with both hands.
  • Use the weight of your whole body to open heavy doors or to push a shopping carts or vacuum cleaner. These activities should be avoided when you first arrive home.
  • Use a step stool to reach high places—don't stretch and strain.
  • Bend at the knees—not from the waist—when lifting from the ground.

Continue Learning about Heart Surgeries

Heart Surgeries

Heart Surgeries

More than a half million surgeries are done each year to correct heart problems in children and adults. One of the most common types of heart surgery performed is coronary artery bypass grafting, which uses a blood vessel taken fr...

om another part of the body to bypass a blocked artery and help prevent a heart attack. Another is heart valve replacement, used to repair heart valves that don't open and close properly. Heart surgery can be minimally invasive, such as when a small incision is made to the chest to insert a pacemaker. At the other extreme is open-heart surgery, which requires a large incision to the chest to open the rib cage and operate on the heart. Learn more about the different kinds of heart surgeries with expert advice from Sharecare.
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