The Open Heart Companion: Preperation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery Paperback – Jun 13 2006
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Like the author, I am a valve surgery survivor/thriver, and like the author I am a wellness coach as well. I found great personal value in the book and continuously recommend it to all the coaching students I train, and all the medical institutions and organizations I consult with.
Michael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, author of Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change
> Set up a journal in which you can report your progress.
> Prepare a calendar to deep track of follow-up appointments.
> Line up sources of psychological and spiritual support.
> Find the best doctor to advise you during the years ahead.
If you find this example to be helpful, then maybe you should buy the book. Otherwise, save your money.
BTW: I am 78 years old. I underwent a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement operation three weeks ago. I was walking after one day. One week after surgery I was walking one mile a day and two weeks later, three miles a day. If you are considering cardiac surgery, the most important thing to do is to get a good surgeon. Check out his/her credentials and performance history on the web. Once you decide, the surgeon and his/her team will provide you with all the guidance that you will need.
We bought this book after my husband's first open-heart surgery. Two years later he had a second operation to replace his valve and reading this book helped us prepare ourselves for the second surgery.
This book also talks about rehab and what to expect.
I highly recommend this book.