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Sleeping on side after Heart Surgery/ and what aspirin can be taken?
TheTarps posted:
My mom recently had a quadruple bypass surgery and is wondering if it is ok to sleep on her side? Also she has a headache and we are wondering what she can take for it? She has pain meds for the other issues but is it possible to take tylenol??? Would love some feedback please. This is new for us
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

"If it is ok to sleep on her side? Is it possible to take tylenol???"

According to generalized heart patient discharge info, it should be, though she should always consult with her doctor(s) first and foremost.

Cardiothoracic Surgery - USC Keck School of Medicine

It is OK to sleep on your back, side or stomach. You will not hurt your incisions.

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Most important, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is just a clever way of temporarily circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), as it does not address the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable condition (which can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression), requiring a continuum of care, and good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

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DeadManWalking56 responded:
After my bypass surgery, I found it most comfortable to sleep with my shoulders raised. I slept on the couch for two months. No position in bed was comfortable for me.

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