Healing The Heart
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Healing The Heart

How to prepare for open heart surgery, minimize discomfort in the hospital and maximize your recovery
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Created by Mitchel Schwindt
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Prepare fully for open heart surgery
  • Making the most of a hospital stay
  • Recover quickly after discharge from the hospital
  • Learn how to support those caring for the open heart surgery patient
  • Essentials about recovery at home
  • What to watch out for - complication and dangerous symptoms
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Requirements
  • A desire to prepare for open heart surgery or support someone you care about going through surgery.
Description

Odds are that you or someone you love and care about is facing heart surgery.

As a physician turned open heart surgery patient, I needed to prepare for this life changing event quickly. 

Having the insight of a physician allowed me to minimize pain and accelerate recovery at home.

Heart surgery is scary, but with a bit of preparation and having strategies, tactics and tips makes all the difference.

I created this course to help those facing open heart surgery, their loved ones, family and friends fully prepare for all aspects of heart surgery.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone facing open heart surgery as well as family and friends of those undergoing surgery.
  • Those curious about this common disease
  • Anyone with an interest in open heart surgery
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
02:15:58
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Course Introduction
5 Lectures 12:37

A Major Issue

Chances are you or someone you know is about to have open heart surgery. The statistics speak for themselves.

This short video sheds light on the scope of the problem and reassures you that you are not alone.

Real Word Statistics
04:16

Starting Where?

Many of you are at different stages of the process. Feel free to access whatever part of this course resonates with your unique situation.

How to Use This Course
03:35

Mitchel Schwindt, M.D.

I created this course based on my own research and experience as both a physician and open heart surgery patient. 

Having surgery is a major undertaking and has long lasting effects.

My goal in developing this course was to provide a real world view into what it's like to have open surgery - from learning of the diagnosis, getting through the hospital stay and on to an expedient recovery.

My bio:  http://mitchelmd.com/about/


Meet the Course Creator & Instructor
02:17

You Decide

Given the choice, you are in a good position to decide what is best for your body. Unless having emergency surgery, chances are you have a few days or longer to research the best surgeon for your case.

Ask around

Research their statistics, publications and reputation


With the internet, it is easier than every to make informed choices about your healthcare.

It's Your Choice - Picking the Best Doctors
01:34

Education Not Advice
00:55
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Preparing For Open Heart Surgery
6 Lectures 21:01

Mental Prep

Wrapping your mind around this is a major hurdle. Open heart surgery is a big deal and will change your life for the foreseeable future.

Having a few tools and strategies to prepare mentally will carry you far. 

The Mind Game - Mental Preparation
02:24

Disruptive

This surgery will change the mechanics of how you do everything for the next several months. 

Take advantage of any time before surgery to prepare the body for surgery. 

This video offers thoughts on how to prepare the body for the invasive nature of major chest surgery. 

Be sure to watch the extra videos in the last section of this course for a few simple exercises and stretches. 

Physical Preparation
04:28

Individual Variation Required

Having a source to draw from will get you through the darkest of hours. Your choice, but please stick with it.

I present no dogma here, but rather offer thoughts and experience to support the spiritual side of dealing with major health issues and recovery.

Thoughts Of A Spiritual Nature
02:01

You Are Not Alone

Although it can feel lonely, you are surrounded by people who love and care about you. Please realize that this is very stressful for them as well.

This video offers some strategies to help those helping the patient/family member/ friend.

Preparing Family & Friends
04:42

Dollars & Cents

No one likes discussing the financial ramifications of healthcare on an individual level.

The point of this video is to provide insight into some issues around major illness, how to prepare for them and tactics to make life easier for family and friends.

There is a downloadable checklist to help in this process.

The Financial Equation
03:59

A Wealth Of Data

Open heart surgery is a major undertaking and your doctors must have a comprehensive picture of what is going on inside your body.

This video shares the most common tests performed in preparation for open heart surgery.

Preoperative Tests - Things You Will Need
03:27
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In The Hospital
9 Lectures 35:17

A Week Of Your Life

You are most likely going to spend five to seven days in the hospital barring any issues.

This video gives you an overview of what to expect.  The downloadable progress sheet will serve as a rough guide about what each day can bring.

Your Hospital Stay - An Overview
04:00

More Than Pills

Don't dismiss a variety of techniques and modalities that can alleviate pain and accelerate healing.

Keep an open mind and explore these techniques.

Healing Adjuncts - Alternatives For Healing and Comfort
03:38

My Example

I walk the viewer through a full day of surgery. While the condition may differ, the overview will explain a lot about what to expect, timing and other factors.

The Day Of Surgery - What To Expect
07:14

This video shows you strategies to help family and friends quickly find comfort during the hospital phase of care.

Comfort For Family & Friends In The Hospital
04:42

This section is a brief discussion of some of the common medications you are likely to receive while in the hospital.  Part 1 of 2.

Commonly Used Medications - Part 1
04:51

This section is a brief discussion of some of the common medications you are likely to receive while in the hospital.  Part 2 of 2.

Commonly Used Medications - Part 2
03:05

A Different Place

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a world completely different that any you have experienced. 

Don't let this intimidate you.

A basic understanding of how the ICU works and basic protocols goes a long way to providing a sense of comfort despite the serious nature of this place within the hospital walls.


Life In The ICU - Don't Be Intimidated
04:37

It's Time To GO

As you approach your discharge day, there are a few housekeeping items I don't want you to overlook. This video and the downloadable checklist are important. Please print the checklist and bring it with to the hospital.

If you are already home and cannot answer the questions please contact your doctor or have their nurse help you answer these critical questions.

Getting Ready To Leave - Discharge Preparation Essentials
03:05

Please download and print this checklist prior to your heart surgery. Bring it to the hospital and make sure you and your family can answer all the questions before you go home.


It's Time To GO

As you approach your discharge day, there are a few housekeeping items I don't want you to overlook. This video and the downloadable checklist are important. Please print the checklist and bring it with to the hospital.

If you are already home and cannot answer the questions please contact your doctor or have their nurse help you answer these critical questions.


Hospital Discharge Checklist
00:05
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Recovery At Home
14 Lectures 56:41

One Step At A Time

Recovery can be daunting. No doubt about it. Open heart surgery is major surgery and recovery is not quick. 

Learn what to expect and how to accelerate recovery.

An Overview of Recovery At Home
03:14

A Beginning

Congrats!  You have been discharged home and the recovery process begins now.

Learn about what to expect over the next 6-8 weeks and beyond.

Your First Day Home
05:43

Leaving The Nest

If felt a profound sense of comfort in the hospital. With call light in hand, help was only a few minutes away. 

Going home this safety net was gone but armed with some knowledge, pain can be kept in check.

How To Manage Pain At Home
02:44

Core

Open heart surgery exposes the core of human life. Proper care of the incisions is essential to avoid complications and infection.

It's not rocket science, but a refresher is helpful as you embark on the recovery process.

How To Care For Your Incisions
02:45

New But Different

The radical alteration if function will be readily apparent the moment the anesthesia wears off. This is a big procedure and restrictions are critical to allow the sternum to heal properly.

Ignore this at your peril.  Having care for patients with sternal disruption or infection, I have witnessed first hand the devastation of these consequences.

Can & Can't - Activity Restrictions
04:30

Simple Yet Important

This video shares several simple yet important tips about your medication. It could mean the difference between status quo vs. a trip to the ER in a strange city.

Medication Tips & You
03:56

Life Goes On

This video shares the do's and don'ts of exercise.

When to resume sexual activity.

What issues surround a return to sexual relations and the heart surgery patient.

What About Exercise & Sex
04:27

The Power Of Technology

Anyone with a smartphone wields the power to monitor themselves. Learn about simple tools to gauge progress and monitor for complications.

Simple Ways To Monitor Yourself At Home
01:51

Accelerate Recovery

Besides common sense and good nutritional choices, there are a few supplements that have the power to enhance recovery from open heart surgery.

Supplements To Enhance Recovery
06:14

Same Old Same Old

Consistency yields progress. Developing a daily routine is essential for recovery. Learn why in this video.

The Importance Of Routine
01:33

A Few Dollars Makes All The Difference

Investing in simple tools can make all the difference. These simple tools are inexpensive and make life after open heart surgery (or any surgery) much more pleasant. 

Invest in yourself and purchase some of these items.

Hassle Free Tools & Gadgets
05:50

Knowing what to watch for and when to worry is essential for your wellbeing.  This is part 1 of 2 walking you through potential complications. 

As always, if you have a medical emergency - call 911 immediately.

Watch Out For These - Complications Part 1
07:28

Knowing what to watch for and when to worry is essential for your wellbeing.  This is part 2 of 2 walking you through potential complications. If you haven't watched part 1, go back and do so after finishing this video.

As always, if you have a medical emergency - call 911 immediately.

Watch Out For These - Complications Part 2
04:49

The when and why of following up with your doctor(s).

Following Up With Your Doctor
01:37
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Final Thoughts - Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:01

I want to wish you or your family member or friend the best in a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

Mitchel Schwindt, M.D.

Parting Thoughts
01:01
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Candid Videos & Extras From Inside A World Famous Hospital
9 Lectures 09:21

Mayo Clinic has a worldwide reputation as a center for excellence. I was fortunate to have an excellent team and successful surgery.

Arrival At Mayo Clinic
00:40

You will get through this.

The first steps are challenging and painful, no lie. But you will improve with every walk and there is a team there to help you. Be patient.

First Steps
00:21

Foggy Brain

A short video sharing thoughts just 24 hours after surgery.  Remember that being on the pump has numerous effects.  Combine that with pain meds and poor sleep and the results are obvious.

Musings 24 Hours After Surgery
00:37

Brief Tour

This video shows you what it's like to have chest tubes and pacemakers. 

Tour of Tubes & Wires
00:23

Simple yet effective extras make all the difference. I share a few items that brought comfort and calm to my hospital experience.  

In retrospect, there are a few additional items I wish I had.

Suggested List:

  • Fan
  • Aromatherapy
  • Lotion - unscented
  • Breath spray / mouthwash
  • Back scratcher
  • Eye shade
  • Qtips
  • A few bags of favorite tea
Simple Comforts
01:03

Constant monitoring is a normal part of your hospitalization. In this video, see what the telemetry device looks like and how it works.

Keeping An Eye On You - telemetry
00:50

1 in 3

30-40% of patients will develop an irregular heart rhythm after open heart surgery. This is treated with medications and at times, electricity (cardioversion).

Fortunately, atrial fib usually resolves within 6 weeks of heart surgery.

Chronic atrial fib increases the risk for stroke and requires long-term drug therapy and likely some form of anticoagulant (ASA, Coumadin, Eliquis, others)

A Common Occurrence - Atrial Fibrillation
01:32

Chest Tube Removal
00:38

Healing The Heart - A Time Lapse of Incision Healing

Healing The Heart - A Time Lapse of Incision Healing
03:17
About the Instructor
Mitchel Schwindt
3.6 Average rating
34 Reviews
2,354 Students
3 Courses
Physician, author, consultant and triathlete.

Dr. Schwindt has been teaching live courses on a variety of topics and is passionate about life-long learning. His focus is on simplifying the entire process of learning and his conversational style of presentation helps students rapidly master the topics presented.

He is a published author and several of his books have reached the top spots in their respective categories. He also hosts two podcasts sharing his unique perspective on health, wellness and endurance sports.

Dr. Schwindt is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has a particular passion for the crossroads of medicine and technology. Dr. Schwindt has completed the fellowship curriculum for functional and sports medicine fellowship and finds joy in helping fellow athletes reach their potential and optimize their health. 

Contact him through the student question section or twitter (DrMitchelMD) he enjoys interacting with his students and helping students meet their goals.