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After Bypass Surgery: Get Plenty of Rest

Relax between activities

Woman sitting in a chair. She is practicing deep breathing exercises.

Take time between activities to relax. Deep breathing is one good way to relax. Try the following:

  • Sit in a comfortable chair with both feet on a footrest.

  • Close your eyes.

  • Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose to the count of 2.

  • Pucker your lips, as if you were going to blow out a candle. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth to the count of 4.

  • Breathe normally a few times.

Repeat until you feel relaxed.

Get plenty of rest

Getting plenty of rest will help you get your strength back faster.

  • Try to get a good night's sleep. It helps to go to bed at the same time each night. Don't stay up late one night and try to catch up the next.

  • Stop and rest for a few minutes after each activity and whenever you feel tired. You can nap or just relax.

When to slow down

Slow down if you feel any of the following symptoms. They are signs that you are doing too much too soon.

  • A dull ache, tightness, or increased pain in your chest, shoulders, or arms

  • Pounding or fluttering in your chest

  • Trouble breathing

  • Feeling very tired, faint, or dizzy

Call your doctor if any of these symptoms get worse or do not go away with rest. 

Online Medical Reviewer: Foster, Sarah, RN, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 4/14/2014
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