Cardiac surgery is an essential and sometimes inevitable step in your life. The best results and quality of life afterward are achieved if elective heart surgery is done on time because one of its most important goals is to prevent further heart dysfunction. In unstable or emergency cases, of course, life-saving is of paramount importance. You should accept forthcoming surgery only as a job that for the best of your well being. Such an approach will help you to be mentally and physically prepared for the operation and to build and grow most than needed positive attitude.
Your heart surgeon will provide you a list of necessary tests and exams to do preoperatively. Please stop smoking as soon as possible and leave it not just for the surgery but for a lifetime. If you have lung function impairment or smoking history, two weeks of pre-op respiratory physiotherapy will ease your breathing afterward. Dentist clearance for valve surgery patients to exclude root or gum infection, in particular, is necessary for cardiac surgery departments. Only mind physical activity is allowed preoperatively.