Your Recovery

Your recovery is an important part of your heart stent procedure. You need to rest while you heal, but soon you will start feeling like yourself again. Here are some guidelines for your recovery. 

Your Life After Angioplasty: A Timeline for Recovery

Learn how soon you can return to your everyday routine after a stent procedure. Implanting a stent, such as a fully dissolving stent, is a common way to treat blocked heart arteries. Here’s what to expect as you head home and gradually return to your activities.

 

THE FIRST
24 HOURS:

Keep activity to a minimum—no more than walking around your home. Make sure the area where the catheter was inserted is clean, dry and bandaged. Contact your doctor if you notice extensive swelling, bleeding, or discharge at the site.

WITHIN
2 TO 3 DAYS: 

Even if you feel better, don’t stress yourself. That means no strenuous exercise and no lifting heavy objects (nothing heavier than a gallon of milk). Have someone drive you to appointments. Walk only short distances on level ground. Avoid going up and down stairs more than twice a day.

1 WEEK
LATER: 

Many people can get back to work within one week of coming home if their job does not involve a lot of physical activity. Check with your doctor if you’re concerned about the physical requirements of your job. You may experience some minor chest pain—this is normal. 

7-10 DAYS
LATER: 

You may be able to start exercising. Now the concern is more for protecting the access site on your leg or wrist than about stressing the heart and arteries. Keep your workouts light. Slowly increase the intensity over the next few weeks. It is critical that you keep your follow-up doctor appointments.

ALWAYS: Follow your doctor’s orders in taking medications.

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5 Effective Exercises After a Stent Procedure

Returning to your activities may take less time than you think, and can be an important part of managing coronary artery disease. You might want to follow these tips to add exercise back into your routine. But remember that recovery time, and suggested activities, vary from one person to another. So check with your doctor to see what exercises are right for you.

WALKING

Regular walking can help lower the risk of high blood pressure as well as melt off a few extra pounds. It’s also a great way to relieve stress.


Swimming / Biking / Rowing

As part of stent procedure recovery, it’s important to elevate your heart rate for brief but sustained periods. Intermittently performing intervals of more intense effort followed by easy effort can be a fun way to get your heart beating fast.

Sit-to-Stand

Rising from a chair uses some of the largest and most important muscles in your body.




Overhead Press

This is a classic exercise for upper-body strength.

Wood Chop

The wood chop exercise helps develop a strong core, important for balance, coordination and overall strength.


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For more in-depth advice and sample routines to try, click below.

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