Advice on Follow up
The patient should adhere to the follow-up schedule strictly. Generally, one week after discharge, then one month and then 3 to 6 months interval, the patient is seen by the surgeon who operated the patient. In case of any problems like fever above 101oc, bleeding, breathlessness, dysrhythmia, the patient should report back to the doctor.
Some patients may have to continue certain drugs life long e.g. Sintrod/Acitrom for patients with prosthetic valves and long acting penicillin in RHD patients. Dosage of sintrom, have to be gradually brought to maintenance level. Monitoring of PT at regular intervals is required.
Cardiac transplant patient has to continue life-long anti-rejection drugs. They need to continue the regular follow-up schedule.