Weight and Vital Signs Record for Cardiac Surgery Patients
A sudden weight gain may mean that your body is retaining fluid.
You should weigh yourself each morning
○ Same time.
○ After urinating.
○ Before dressing.
○ Before eating breakfast.
ξ It is important to write down your weight daily so you
have a weight diary to report to your doctor or nurse. A
form is included to keep a record of your weight.
ξ Take your pulse and blood pressure daily in your recovery.
ξ Call your surgeon’s office during the first 4 weeks after
○ You feel short of breath.
○ Your legs or feet are swollen.
○ Your heart rate (pulse) is less than 55 or greater then 120.
○ Your weight goes up or down by 2 pounds during 1 day.
○ Your weight goes up or down by 5 pounds during 1 week (7 days).
Keeping a close watch on your weight can help your doctor better control your
heart health and adjust your medicines. This may help you to live a fuller life.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor.
This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because
each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team
when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 3/2017 University of
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Daily Vital Sign Record