[Guest blog] A handy checklist when preparing for heart surgery

Heart Surgery Nurse, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)
10 January 2017

If you know you’re due to have heart surgery soon, there are certain things you can do, or at least consider, in the weeks leading up to it to help. These may be things you can do to improve your health, what to pack in your hospital bag or how to make things easier for you after you’re discharged from hospital.

A woman in a hospital bed, talking to a doctor

Below is a handy checklist to look over and think about when preparing for heart surgery. You could even print it off to write on or add extra notes. You might even want to give it to a family member if they’ll be helping you prepare for your surgery.

An image showing a checklist for preparing for heart surgery

Preparing for heart surgery PDF for print (77kb)

SCTS logoIf at any point in the run-up to your surgery you have any questions or concerns, make sure you talk to your surgeon. They, as well as all the staff involved in your care, are there to talk to you about anything that you’re unsure of and to put your mind at rest.

Bupa and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS) have recently come together in a partnership to bring you expert advice and knowledge about having heart surgery.

Christina Bannister
Heart Surgery Nurse, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)

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