Can anyone help me with a respiratory question? Thanks in advance.
I had my PFO closure done in mid-December and my right kidney taken out four days later. This was done as the result of a massive stroke 11/27/2012 while doing wind sprints at the beach. My stroke revealed holes I've had in my heart since birth but since I'm in great shape and drug free, so my body waited until I was 48 to really attack me. I collapsed in a porta-john. (You can't make something like that up!eastersnot.blogspot.com/2011/12/two-weeks-three-life-altering-events.html
). I got out of the hospital around Christmas, was back in the gym by the second week of January.
I was allowed full cardio two weeks post release and I'm back at 45 minutes on the Stair Master. My settings: 200 pounds, 47 years of age, Level 7 to start on Fat Burner (I'm 6'7" tall so I don't look TOO fat). My issues with my closure are as follows: Initially, during the warm up, I incurred some really odd beating in my heart which I worked through by breathing deeply and rapidly in and out for about
3 minutes or so (seemed like an eternity). It's since stopped and I've scaled back how quickly I jump into my routine, starting at about
50% of my finish for the first 1.5-3.0 minutes. After that then, I can move toward my finish. I cover 260 steps or so (used to be 320, I'm getting there) with no heartbeat issues. I'm at about
60% of where I was prior to my PFO/Stroke ordeal.My issue, and I've yet to see it addressed, is my breathing.
I sigh so regularly now people ask me 'why' and I hadn't even noticed it initially. Between that and yawning, another way of the body saying "More oxygen please", I've become quite aware of it myself. It started recently and I wondered if it was a side effect of Coumadin and/or my operation. My cardiologist has stated "it's neither". I thought I'd turn to this forum. I simply feel a little short of breath now and then throughout the day. Oddly, when I'm working out, I feel fine. Usually it's just the opposite.
Overall, thus far, I'd still call the operation a success as I've had my heart beat up pretty high with no lapses and as I said, the other beats have largely died down. I'm wondering if maybe I was getting MORE oxygen through the various
openings in my heart prior to my closure, making me feel like I'm not getting enough now? Or, perhaps I'm working so efficiently that I'm moderately hyper-ventilating? I've had one TEE done two weeks after my closure (sooner than expected as I'd not taken Coumadin after my release) and I was told it looked great. Only the breathing is an issue at the moment. Thanks for reading and sharing.