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Course: Healing The Heart

Healing The Heart

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  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

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
Basic knowledge
  • A desire to prepare for open heart surgery or support someone you care about going through surgery
What you will 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
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 41
Total Duration: 02:10:58
Course Introduction
  • Real Word Statistics  

    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.

  • How to Use This Course  

    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.


  • Meet the Course Creator & Instructor  

    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/


  • It's Your Choice - Picking the Best Doctors  

    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.

Preparing For Open Heart Surgery
  • The Mind Game - Mental Preparation  

    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

  • Physical Preparation  

    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. 

  • Preparing Family & Friends  

    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.

  • The Financial Equation  

    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.

  • Preoperative Tests - Things You Will Need  

    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.

  • Thoughts Of A Spiritual Nature  

    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.

In The Hospital
  • Your Hospital Stay - An Overview  

    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.

  • Healing Adjuncts - Alternatives For Healing and Comfort  

    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.

  • The Day Of Surgery - What To Expect  

    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.

  • Comfort For Family & Friends In The Hospital  

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


  • Commonly Used Medications - Part 1  

    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 2  

    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.

  • Life In The ICU - Don't Be Intimidated  

    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.

  • Getting Ready To Leave - Discharge Preparation Essentials  

    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  

    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.

Recovery At Home
  • An Overview of Recovery At Home  

    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.

  • Your First Day Home  

    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.

  • How To Manage Pain At Home  

    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 Care For Your Incisions  

    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.

  • Can & Can't - Activity Restrictions  

    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.

  • Medication Tips & You  

    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.

  • What About Exercise & Sex  

    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.


  • Simple Ways To Monitor Yourself At Home  

    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.


  • Supplements To Enhance Recovery  

    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.


  • The Importance Of Routine  

    Same Old Same Old

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


  • Hassle Free Tools & Gadgets  

    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.

  • Watch Out For These - Complications Part 1  

    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 2  

    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.

  • Following Up With Your Doctor  

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

Candid Videos & Extras From Inside A World Famous Hospital
  • Arrival At Mayo Clinic  

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

  • First Steps  

    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.

  • Musings 24 Hours After Surgery  

    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.

  • Tour of Tubes & Wires  

    Brief Tour

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

  • Simple Comforts  

    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
  • Keeping An Eye On You - telemetry  

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

  • A Common Occurrence - Atrial Fibrillation  

    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)

  • Chest Tube Removal  
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Price
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Course Language
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