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The nurse is preparing discharge instructions for a patient who underwent a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Which of the following common symptoms that resolves spontaneously should the nurse include?

Explanation

• Depression is very common after undergoing a CABG. It usually resolves within several weeks after recovery and generally does not require medical intervention

• Incorrect: Dizziness may signal a decrease in cardiac output. This is an abnormal finding and requires immediate attention

• Incorrect: Nausea is not an expected side effect except in the post-op period, during which time the symptoms would be treated

• Incorrect: Edema after a CABG may indicate heart failure

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