After you are discharged from the hospital, you will have regular visits with your surgeon and cardiologist. Eating nutritious meals is very important to your healing. Limiting how much salt you eat is often advised after heart valve surgery. If you smoke, you are strongly urged to give up tobacco products. Follow a gradual exercise program may help you have a quicker recovery. Ask your doctor about cardiac rehabilitation.
You will discuss with your surgeon when you can resume driving, return to work, and with what limitations. Your doctor will also discuss your medications. Even over-the-counter medications will need your doctor's approval.
Your successful recovery depends on how well you follow medical advice, exercise, and follow healthy living suggestions.