Post-Operative Activity List for Cardiac Surgery Patients
The following list will help you determine when to resume certain activities after your discharge.  If there is an activity in which you would like to participate in that is not on this list, contact your doctor for guidance.

Safe to Resume Immediately

  • Playing cards/board games
  • Walking/stationary cycling
  • Washing dishes
  • Cooking
  • Light lifting (less than 10 pounds)
  • Riding in a car
  • Light Housework/gardening
  • Showering
  • Going to store
  • Eating out

Safe to Resume at Six Weeks

  • Vacuuming
  • Driving a car
  • Using self-propelled lawn mower (electric start)
  • Tub bathing
  • Swimming in pool (zero depth or with stairs, no ladder that you must pull yourself up to get out of the pool

Safe to Resume at Two Months

  • Riding a lawn mower
  • Driving a tractor
  • Carrying wet laundry in a basket
  • Riding an outdoor bicycle
  • Downhill skiing
  • Fishing

Safe to Resume at Three Months

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bowling
  • Hunting (bow/gun)
  • Rowing a boat/canoeing
  • Starting motors with pull cord
  • Chopping wood
  • Tennis
  • Digging/Shoveling
  • Water-skiing
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