How to Expedite Recovery After Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery

Your heart health is vital for the optimal functioning of other body parts.  However, you may sometimes need vascular surgery to fix issues with your heart health.  This can be stressful and requires adequate preparation and understanding of the pre and post-care procedure. One good way is to understand how to care for yourself post-surgery and improve recovery. Your surgeon will guide you on how to do this to achieve optimal vascular health.

Who qualifies for vascular surgery?

You may undergo vascular surgery for many reasons.  In most cases, the procedure is performed to treat or prevent blood clots and heart attacks. It may also be to address irregular heartbeats, open blocked arteries or repair congenital heart problems.

How to enhance recovery after vascular surgery

There are many vascular care tips that you should know. How well, you take care of yourself determines your recovery. Here’s what to know;

Quick smoking before and after surgery

Smoking affects your overall health and can lower your immunity.  It can lead to delayed healing or increase the risk of infection. It’s then advisable to discuss your options with your surgeon before the surgery and how to quit smoking. Stopping smoking will reduce strain on your body post-surgery, improving your chances of recovery.

Mind your diet

Some lifestyle adjustments can improve your overall health. Your diet is key for the optimal functioning of your body, and you should watch you eat after the surgery. Consider a healthy, low-cholesterol diet with nutrient-dense foods. This will improve your overall health.

Limit your intake of foods with transfat, empty carbohydrates, high-sugar foods, or extra salt.

Examples of foods to consider include;

Fruits and vegetables, breads, lean meats, fish, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Also, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water helps in the healing process, and will help reduce food cravings.

Rest well

Sleep is vital for your health and wellness, and this is particularly true after surgery. Sleep will help speed up the healing process, for it allows your body to rest. Have a good night sleep every day and take a break from major cardiovascular activities.

Discuss this with your family, and have them help with most chores or errands in the home. Get help with childcare if you have young kids, and only engage in relaxing activities.

Manage stress levels

Stress isn’t good for your vascular health. It can raise your blood pressure levels which can negatively impact your vascular health. Discuss ways on how to reduce stress with your doctor and avoid stressful situations after the surgery. The doctor may also prescribe anti-anxiety pills and encourage meditation.

Engage in appropriate cardiovascular exercises

Inquire from your doctor about the most suitable cardiovascular exercises for your condition. They will guide you choose the best exercises for your heart without straining your heart and body.  For instance, your doctor will recommend that you gradually increase how much you walk, but avoid lifting heavy weights. You can also consider yoga and strength training activities involving a chair.


Follow the doctor’s advice and listen to your body, if you feel fatigued, rest and don’t push your body further. Also, take your medications as prescribed and reduce stress. A healthy lifestyle will help expedite recovery and improve your overall health.

Yolanda Rivera

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