Eliz Greene
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“I had open-heart surgery and now can’t find a comfortable bra that will provide sufficient support to my chest to relieve the pain in my sternum. Any suggestions?”

Finding a bra to fit comfortably after surgery can be a real challenge – even years later.  Scar tissue is sensitive.  Muscles cut during surgery don’t support as well as they should.  Gravity isn’t kind when you sternum has been separated. Even closed-chest procedures can present challenges with incisions placed right where the bra rubs.

Here’s one resource you might find helpful:

Athleta is a women’s sportswear clothing line which offers a wide selection of bras designed to be supportive and comfortable.  Check them out!

Eliz Greene

The Patient’s Perspective on women and heart disease. Allows healthcare professionals a peak into what it is really like to be a woman living with heart disease and providing female patients with resources to live well.

Eliz Greene works busy people to improve heart health, so they can work well, feel better, and stress less.

She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after wellness & stress management speaker.

If you are planning a women’s wellness program, workplace wellness program or programs for healthcare professionals check out EmbraceYourHeart.com to see if Eliz would be a good fit with your organization.

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About Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins. Her down-to-earth strategies to manage stress and improve heart health and reduce stress are used by thousands of busy people all over the world. She is a motivational wellness speaker, author, and job stress researcher. Visit elizgreene.com to book Eliz for your next event.

6 Responses to “Finding a Comfortable Bra After Chest Surgery”

  • I will certainly recommend this bra to my mother who underwent her procedure last year and still feels sensitive. We noticed sports bra’s were a better fit providing more support and less pain whereas more traditional bra’s would cause serious irritation.

  • Thanks for this site I will check it out, I am 4 years on from open heart surgery and have a lot of pain in my scar and sternum, I still want to waer attractive underwear, i cannot find anything comfortable at all.

  • I found a Calvin Klein “Invisible” bra that has no elastic band to irritate my sternum scar. It is made out of something like lightweight bathing suit material, breathable & cool. I almost didn’t try it because you have to put it over your head like a sports bra, but the fabric is very flexible, and it’s not a problem (for me at least). It has removable pads, I like it without. I hope this helps someone else suffering from bra pain after heart surgery.

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