Feature June 8, 2022 John Bernot, MD

Digitizing CABG prep and at-home follow-up care for improved quality of life

Here are five ways Ayva can help CABG patients better manage their care before and after the surgical procedure.

Digitizing CABG prep and at-home follow-up care

Across the globe, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery is the most common cardiac surgical procedure performed. In the U.S alone, approximately 686,000 are performed annually.1 

As people live longer and obesity rates continue to rise, the prevalence of bypass surgery will track alongside those numbers. While surgical technology has advanced significantly in the past 50 years,2 there is a parallel need to improve patient education and activation to realize improved outcomes. 

From avoiding alcohol and cigarettes to a change in diet, a successful CABG procedure often includes a considerable lifestyle change on the part of the patient.

Continue reading to learn how a dynamic patient engagement platform can help patients play a more active role in preparing for and managing follow-up care at home for an improved quality of life after CABG. 

Challenges of CABG prep and follow-up care at home

Patients typically have little time to prepare physically and emotionally for a CABG procedure. Most patients have a narrow window of only a couple of days to a few weeks from the time their doctor advises they have the surgery to the date of the procedure. 

Pre-operative anxiety1 and post-operative depression3 are well-documented issues for CABG patients that can impact recovery.

Patients must also be prepared to clean and care for chest and/or leg wounds after discharge.4 This requires purchasing supplies in advance, knowing the signs of an infection, and potentially asking someone to help. 

Further, as previously mentioned, lifestyle changes that happen outside the four walls of the hospital are essential to a speedy recovery and improved quality of life.

Here are just a few of the lifestyle changes your patients are likely managing on their own: 

  • Healthier diet
  • Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes
  • Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise
  • New medications 

Better quality of life for patients after a CABG procedure depends on these lifestyle changes. 

How does your health system or surgery center support patients at critical junctures in their CABG journey?

5 ways to enable CABG patients to better manage their care

Here are five actionable ways your health system can support patients before and after a CABG procedure. 

  1. Identify and mitigate anxiety. Measuring anxiety and depression levels using an online survey can help care teams identify and offer patients mental health resources and interventions as needed. 
  2. Send daily to-dos. Ensuring patients know what to do and when can be as easy as sending them a simple daily to-do list. In addition, when patients check off daily tasks, the care team has added reassurance that patients are on track for optimal outcomes. 
  3. Manage recovery expectations. Sending patient stories and educational resources—including those that link lifestyle changes to better outcomes—in the days leading up to CABG surgery can help patients better understand the recovery process and have a positive outlook for optimal recovery. 
  4. Enable two-way communication. Offering patients the ability to ask the care team clarifying questions about following protocols is another strategy for increasing pre- and post-op task adherence and reducing anxiety.  
  5. Provide medication management resources. Managing multiple new medications immediately after surgery can be overwhelming for patients. Having a medication list accessible online coupled with the daily to-dos about what to take and when can help your patients make sense of it all. 

What if there were a single digital health solution that could do it all? There is—meet Ayva. 

Integrate Ayva into CABG patient care plans

Ayva is a dynamic patient engagement platform available to patients and their care teams 24/7/365. 

The platform can help your patients throughout their care journey, from managing short-term needs such as when to take medications and proper wound care, to supporting the long-term lifestyle changes needed to realize a better quality of life after CABG. 

With an easy-to-implement platform, making Ayva part of your CABG care plans is closer than you think. 

 Meet Ayva today!

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