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Table 3 Sternal precautions recommended for the healing period during the first postoperative weeks after cardiac surgery.

From: Physiotherapy-supervised mobilization and exercise following cardiac surgery: a national questionnaire survey in Sweden

Patients are not allowed to use: n (%)
their arms to push up from a lying to a sitting position 5 (17%)
their arms to push up from sitting to standing 28 (97%)
their stomach muscles to raise themselves from a lying to a sitting position 12 (41%)
their arms and shoulders, using full active movement 1 (3%)
their arms and shoulders, using full active movement with 1-2 kg weights 12 (41%)
a rollator (rolling walker) 1 (3%)
a walker 0 (0%)
crutches 19 (66%)
  1. Data shown as number (n) and as % of respondents (n = 29).