The length of recover following CABG varies. Many factors enter into the equation. General health of the patient is foremost. Age and mind set are other big ones. Diabetes may slow his recovery, depending on its advancement and how well it is controlled. Other medical conditions may also interfere with recovery
Generally, most patients can return to normal daily activities in 8-12 weeks. After that, pain related to the sternum will last up to a year but lessens every day. The pain is mostly only when sneezing, coughing or very strong pressure on the chest. As far as the cardiovascular aspect goes, with the new pathway(s) for the blood to reach the heart, he's better than he was before.
Here's a time line of my experience:
Jul/Aug/Sep/2006 - complained of chest pain, many tests/x-ray/CT; all neg; treated for 'walking' pneumonia
Oct 2, 2006 - first visit to cardiologist, echo and stress test found nothing
Oct 4, 2006 - at hosp for routine cardiac cathertization; doctors woke me to tell me I needed CABG; 5x bypass done that day
Oct 5, 2006 - painfully walked short distance
Oct 6 - 8, 2006 - driving the nurses nuts with my desire to get up and walk
Oct 8, 2006 - discharged from hosp; walked 1/4 mile at home; next day 1 mile; Distance increased each day for about a week to 2-1/2 miles/day
Nov 5, 2006 - began riding my bicycle 2-5 miles/day
Dec 16, 2006 - released from surgeons care; returned to work; haven't slowed down since
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