What weighs 10 pounds?

Post-surgery lifting advice made easier

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If a surgical procedure is in your future, your doctor may advise you not to lift anything that weighs 10 pounds or more during your recovery period. One reason is that the stress of lifting a heavy object could result in increased blood pressure, causing a surgical wound to break open and bleed.

So, what weighs 10 or more pounds? Here are just a few examples:

After surgery, your doctor tells you, "Don't lift more than 10 pounds." But what weighs 10 pounds?

Following surgery, most doctors recommend patients refrain from lifting anything weighing 10 or more pounds.

At home:

  • Average three-month old baby
  • Laundry basket filled with towels or jeans
  • Medium size bowling ball
  • Small microwave oven
  • Medium size cat or small dog
  • Most vacuum cleaners
  • Large garbage bag (filled)

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Top 10 blogs in 2014

top 10 pick blogFrom blood pressure apps for your smart phone to the longest living LVAD recipient, here are the top 10 blogs you found the most interesting in 2014:

  1. Blood pressure apps for your smart phone. Six apps for iOS and Android that feature logs, data sharing, tracking and more.
  2. What weighs 10 pounds? Post-surgery lifting advice made easier.
  3. Jennifer and Matthew Romano – A one-of-a-kind couple. A love story of two doctors – in recognition of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month.
  4. 21 days to a less stressed you. Tips to help you manage and minimize stress in your life.
  5. 2014 flu shot: What’s new and why get it now? Everyone six months or older is encouraged to get their yearly flu vaccine.
  6. Spirituality and health: Is there a connection? Faith and support help people deal with stress.
  7. CPR saves the life of a Michigan fan. Learn how to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest.
  8. Are e-cigarettes safe? The American Heart Association calls for added restrictions on e-cigarettes.
  9. Patient room service gets big thumbs up. University of Michigan Health System patients can now order what they want, when they want it.
  10. Meet the longest living heart LVAD recipientDavid Pierce received his first LVAD on May 26, 2004, at the age of 52, making him the longest living Heartmate II LVAD patient in the U.S.

Frankel-informal-vertical-sigThe University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is a top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit our website at umcvc.org.