How to take care of a Person after Coronary Bypass Surgery?

The demand for critical illness insurance is on a rise due to the rising number of cardiovascular ailments and other serious illnesses in India. Coronary bypass surgery is performed if one suffers from a heart attack and stops responding to any other treatment.

Read More

Get ₹5 Lac Health Insurance starts @ ₹200/month*
Tax Benefitup to Rs.75,000
Save up to 12.5%* on 2 Year Payment Plans
7 Lakh+ Happy Customers

*All savings are provided by the insurer as per the IRDAI approved insurance plan. Standard T&C Apply
*Tax benefit is subject to changes in tax laws. Standard T&C Apply

Get insured from the comfort of your home No medicals required
I am a

My name is

My number is

By clicking on ‘View Plans’ you, agreed to our Privacy Policy and Terms of use
I am a

My name is

My number is

Select Age

City Living in

    Popular Cities

    Do you have an existing illness or medical history?

    This helps us find plans that cover your condition and avoid claim rejection

    Get updates on WhatsApp

    What is your existing illness?

    Select all that apply

    When did you recover from Covid-19?

    Some plans are available only after a certain time

    The recovery process after a coronary artery bypass graft surgery can be time taking and the pace of recovery can vary from one patient to another. After the surgery, the patient is generally able to sit on a chair after a day or two and also start walking. After 5-6 days he/she can take the stairs and within 12- weeks there is a full recovery.

    During this time you can do continue to do some breathing exercises for 4 to 6 weeks that you might have learned at the hospital. You can clean every day and take shower as recommended by the doctor or once the stitches are dissolved. Avoid swimming, or soaking in a hot tub, or take baths until your incision is completely healed. Follow a heart-healthy diet.

    What is a Coronary Bypass Surgery?

    A bypass surgery redirects the blood around partially or fully blocked arteries in the heart. During the procedure, the doctor takes a healthy blood vessel from the patient's arm, leg, or leg and connects it to above and below the blocked heart arteries. It provides a new pathway; to improve the blood flow through your heart muscles.

    Bypass surgery is one of the complicated and expensive ones. The cost of surgery, doctor fees, and modern healthcare treatments can cost a fortune. While most of the basic health insurance plans in Indian might cover a bypass surgery but it is still recommended to buy a critical illness insurance policy. Buying medical insurance is one of the best ways to meet cardiac care expenses. 

    As heart bypass surgery can be difficult and is prone to complications, post-surgery patients care is important. You need to be extremely careful about the things listed below

    • Keeping the Surgical Wound from Infections

      The wound for the open heart can be placed for germ infection. Thus, patients need to clean the wound with antiseptic and keep it dry.

    • Maintain a Light Diet

      If you or anyone in your family has recently undergone bypass surgery, their diet would play a crucial role in recovery. After the surgery and medications, the patient is likely to lose appetite. Therefore, it is important to feed them with foods with healing benefits. And food that has no oil, spices and is mostly boiled. This has to be continued for a few days until the doctor suggests a normal diet.  

    • Overall well-being and Emotional well-being

      After a by-pass surgery, the patient needs to stay away from any mental stress as it can further worsen their condition. Any stress can lead to increased blood pressure that can be highly dangerous for a heart-patient. Once the surgery is done try to cheer them up and maintain a positive environment in your house. If the family members can motivate the patient then there is nothing like it.

    • Avoid Physical Activities

      If you or someone in your family has undergone an open-heart surgery then the person should avoid any physical activity as it can increase the heart rate. All of this can worsen the situation and make it difficult for the patient to recover after the bypass surgery. Thus, you or your family members should monitor every physical activity that is done by the patient. For example, if you find them standing for more than 15 minutes then ensure that they lie down and take rest. Also, it is not suggested to lift any weight that is more than 2-4 kgs.

    • Rest and Sleep well

      After an open-heart or bypass surgery, adequate sleep is important for a speedy recovery. Sleeping or resting plays an active role in healing the body. Pain from the surgery and medications can disturb the sleeping pattern. While it might be difficult for the patient to sleep, it becomes equally important to get a sound sleep. At that time some light and soothing music, dim lights, and meditation can help.

      Your recovery and health will depend on regularly taking medicines that prevent blood clots, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, control thyroid and diabetes.  You can follow a healthy-lifestyle including the following

      • Follow a healthy-eating plan
      • Stop smoking
      • Exercise regularly
      • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
      • Manage stress

    How does a cardiac health insurance plan work?

    You can buy a cardiac health plan or a critical illness policy to get coverage for cardiac treatments. So, the next time when you find yourself in a state of flux, this is how your insurance policy is going to cover up

    It will pay for hospitalization expenses

    • You can file a health insurance claim for inpatient hospitalization expenses including room cost, nursing and boarding charges, doctor/ surgeon fees, anesthetist, specialist fees, Intensive-care-unit, diagnostic tests, and medicines
    • Pre-Hospitalization and post-hospitalization expenses are recompensed
    • Emergency transportation through ambulance is paid as well
    • Day-care treatment expenses can also be recompensed
    • Pre-Existing illnesses can also be claimed after the completion of the waiting period

    Covers High-Severity Conditions

    A cardiac health plan mostly covers- First Heart Attack - of Specified Severity, Open Chest Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Open Heart Replacement or Repair of Heart Valves.

    It also covers Heart Transplant, Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Balloon Valvotomy, Carotid Artery Surgery, Cardiac Arrhythmia surgery, Insertion of the pacemaker, etc.

    Just like a basic health insurance plan the policy covers all the treatment-related costs that are mentioned in the policy wordings.


    Even after the bypass surgery, you need to make some lifestyle changes.  You need to take certain medications as a routine to keep your blood cholesterol levels normal, improved heart functioning and medicines to avoid a blood clot. As the treatment can be costly, therefore a critical illness policy or cardiac health plan is recommended so that you do not have to deal with financial stress while there is a lot already happening on the emotional front.

    Disclaimer: Policybazaar does not endorse, rate or recommend any particular insurer or insurance product offered by an insurer.

    Health insurance articles

    Recent Articles
    Popular Articles
    Health Insurance for Rural India

    24 Jun 2022

    Healthcare is expensive in India and is increasing with each...
    Read more
    Health Insurance for a Down Syndrome Child in India

    23 Jun 2022

    Down Syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders in...
    Read more
    Income Tax Slab for Women: Guide to Exemptions and Rebates

    22 Jun 2022

    In India, every person who earns beyond a certain limit is liable...
    Read more
    Is Coconut Water Diabetic Friendly?

    22 Jun 2022

    Coconut water is an excellent beverage for people struggling with...
    Read more
    How Much Health Insurance Do You Need in India?

    15 Jun 2022

    Life is uncertain and anyone can get sick or injured at any time...
    Read more
    PMJAY Scheme: Ayushman Bharat Yojana Eligibility & Registration Online
    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced the launch of (PMJAY) Ayushman Bharat Yojana in his Independence...
    Read more
    Best Health Insurance Plans in India 2022
    Finding the best health insurance plan from so many different health insurance companies can get confusing for many...
    Read more
    Best Maternity Insurance Plans
    Maternity insurance offers comprehensive coverage for medical expenses incurred during pregnancy, including the cost...
    Read more
    How to apply for Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY)
    Ayushman Bharat health insurance is a flagship scheme launched by the Government of India, as per the...
    Read more
    10 Major Benefits of Ayushman Bharat Yojana
    Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) is the second component under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. PM Narendra Modi...
    Read more
    Download the Policybazaar app
    to manage all your insurance needs.