Guidelines For Patients
You must not take any drugs containing aspirin or Plavix for one week before the surgery. These drugs may cause you to bleed more than normal. If you are on coumadin, aspirin, Plavix, please check with your doctor about when you should stop taking these medications.
You must stop smoking:
Smoking constricts the coronary arteries, produces excess secretions in the lungs, raises blood pressure and increases the heart rate. The potential for complications increases after surgery if you continue to smoke.
The night before surgery:
You may not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the surgery. This helps decrease any nausea and vomiting associated with anesthesia. You may take your normal morning pills with small sips of water. If you are diabetic, check with your doctor about your diabetic medicines.
Advance Directives/Health Care Proxy/Living Wills:
If you have completed a living will or named a proxy, bring copies with you for your medical file.We encourage you to discuss any important personal values and/or medical care preferences with your primary care physician, cardiologist or cardiac surgeon prior to admission. If you have not completed a proxy or living will document, forms are available through St. Vincent’s Medical Center's Admitting Office.
You will need a chest X-ray, a urine test and EKG of your heart and blood tests before surgery. These tests will be done in the hospital before surgery.
The day before surgery and the following morning, you will need to scrub your abdomen and legs several times with a special soap to kill germs, which will be provided. Please bring a list of all the medications you take with the dosage and frequency written down and present it before surgery. Please bring the list again the day of surgery for the nurse.
Do not bring valuables, such as jewelry or money, with you to the hospital.
Your surgeon and physician assistant will explain the surgery and risks to you and ask you to sign a consent form.
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