Caring for Yourself

You will be asked to measure your: 

  • Temperature
  • Pulse
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight

Vital Signs Reporting Form


To help care for your heart, you will need to:

  • Take medications as directed, and ask your doctor before taking any other medications, including over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet, avoid alcohol and do not smoke
  • Contact your doctor if you are feeling ill, and avoid anyone with colds or infections
  • Have your labs drawn as directed by your doctor, including any additional testing
  • Follow lifting, walking, showering and activity restrictions

You will be given permission to drive approximately six-to-eight weeks following your transplant.