After Bypass Surgery: Driving and Social Activities
As you feel stronger, you can go out and do more. At first, keep activities to about
an hour. And remember that it's OK to leave early. Or ask visitors to go home so you
Here are some social activities you could choose:
Do crafts, such as painting or knitting
Play cards and other table games
Take a walk with friends
Go to a shopping mall
Attend religious activities
Go to a movie, play, or sports event
Talk with your healthcare provider about when you can safely return to sexual activity.
In general, you can resume sexual activity by 2 to 4 weeks. This depends on your situation.
Your provider will give you instructions that are best for you.
A word about driving
For your own safety and the safety of others, don't drive until your healthcare provider
says it's OK. In general, expect not to drive for 4 to 6 weeks after heart surgery.
There are several reasons for this:
Your reaction time is slower until your strength returns. The medicines you take may
also slow your reaction time.
If you are taking medicine to keep your blood pressure low, you could become dizzy
or pass out behind the wheel.
- Steering needs pushing or pulling. You should not be doing either of these movements
If you should be in a crash, hitting the steering wheel could damage your breastbone.