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When should you call the doctor about your loved one's wound from heart failure surgery?

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Call the doctor if you see signs of an infection around the incision, such as:

You should also call the doctor if your loved one says his sternum (the breastbone) feels like it moves, or if it pops or cracks with movement.

  • Increased drainage or oozing
  • Opening of the wound
  • Redness or warmth
  • Fever greater than 100.4 F

SOURCES:

Heart Failure Society of America: "Managing Feelings About Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "For Heart Failure Caregivers," "Caregiver Resources."

 

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

Heart Failure Society of America: "Managing Feelings About Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "For Heart Failure Caregivers," "Caregiver Resources."

 

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

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