We're so glad you choose Shipley Cardiothoracic Center for your surgery. The team at Shipley would like to help you be well prepared for your upcoming surgery and offers these four tips as you get ready. Limit your alcohol intake, the CDC recommends one drink a day for women and two drinks per day for men. Drinking alcohol daily and in large amounts can lead to dehydration, weight gain and can be very risky for people who have other health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. It's important to move, even short 10 minute walks can improve your stamina and mental health. Mild to moderate exercise can release stress, reduce anxiety and help alleviate mild to moderate depression. It can decrease your heart rate and blood pressure and enhance your immunity as well as help control your diabetes; even gentle movement can help. It is so important that you eat nutritious food. Stay away from the salt shaker and focus on vegetables and lean protein prior to your survey. Your metabolic rate will be very high after surgery so you will need proper nutrition prior to surgery to accommodate the increased rate. 11% of adults say they get less than seven hours of sleep at night and this can cause functional impairment during the day. Serious issues such as sleep apnea can affect the quality of sleep. It is important to talk to your doctor if you feel you are not getting eight hours of sleep at night. At Shipley Cardiothoracic Center were dedicated to providing you with a personalized surgical journey, please don't hesitate to call us if you have questions.