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Follow your physician's medication guidelines. Take only the medications you are given when you go home. If you are unsure about what medications to take or whether to resume your routine medications, contact your physician.


If you are taking blood thinner such as Warfarin, please refer to the warfarin booklet you received from your healthcare provider. It provides information about foods to avoid, medicine that cannot be taken and when to call your physician. It is important to know the reason for taking warfarin and for how long you will need this medication. You will require weekly blood work after going home until you are on a stable dose.

Managing Your Pain

  • Take pain medicine as directed.
  • Do not take more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen or Tylenol® in a 24-hour period.
  • Do not take ibuprofen or any products containing ibuprofen unless you have discussed this with your physician.

To prevent nausea, take pain medicine with food. Contact your physician if your medicine does not control the pain.


For more information regarding heart surgery, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467 or request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateMarch 15, 2011