Healthy Living: Heart Rehab

More than 300,000 sternotomies are performed every year in the United States, most commonly for coronary bypass surgery and mitral aortic valve replacement.

Patients are encouraged not to lift more than five or ten pounds, which can be very limiting. 

In Healthy Living, Courtney Hunter explains how all of that is changing because of a new philosophy to speed up rehab and reduce the risk of injuring the incision.

In the initial study done at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, 80% of the 500 patients who got the tube training went home earlier than expected, double the percentage who didn’t.

 

Categories: Healthy Living