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After Care

After Care

Post-Procedure Information:

Following your heart procedure, you will be admitted to the recovery area if you are being discharged that same day or to the Interventional Unit if your procedure requires you to be admitted for a brief stay.

Day of Discharge:

You will be given discharge instructions before you leave St. Mary Medical Center. Please make sure to take all medications as directed by y;our cardiologist.  If you have any questions or feel that  you are having any complications, please contact the physician immediately. Do not stop taking any medications unless approve by your cardiologist.

Emotional Adjustment after Cardiovascular Procedures:

Emotional adjustments vary with each patient who has had a procedure to correct heart disease.  Remember, it is normal to feel depression, anxiety, anger, and/or fear.  It is typical for patients and their loved ones to worry about:

  • Uncertainty about the future
  • Employment status
  • Freedom to travel
  • Participation in recreational activities
  • Change in body image
  • Loss of independence
  • Reaction of family and friends

It is highly recommended that you discuss your concerns with your doctor and read all available literature in order to educate yourself.

Additionally, it may help you to learn more about lifestyle changes.  Find out what is available to you regarding cardiac rehabilitation, exercise, nutritional guidance, and stress management.  Your may want to join a support group.  It is also helpful to have someone accompany you to follow-up visits with your doctor, especially loved ones who are also concerned or have questions. There are resources available at St. Mary to help you and your loved ones if you are going through a difficult time. Don't hesitate to ask you doctor, nurse, or someone from our Spiritual Care Department for assistance in addressing these resources, or call our Physician Referral Line at 215-710-5888, who can guide you to the correct resources.