Post op heart bypass surgery

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Lloyde
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   Posted 1/16/2016 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Twelve weeks ago I had triple bypass surgery and two valves replaced. My chest is still sore and it hurts to lie on my side at night. I am doing little jobs around the house and driving but get puffed at very little exertion. Is this normal and if so, how long has it lasted with you

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/17/2016 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate these two words. (hate and normal) around 2 years out, double by-pass, with complications. what you are going through is quite expected. our situations are all unique, however the best exercise for your ticker and lungs is walking. welcome. it does get better. got to keep pushing yourself. here for ya.
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"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
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Lloyde
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   Posted 1/17/2016 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Normally I hate exercise HT but will continue doing it :-) I do work in my garden which needs a lot of landscaping, so much so that sweat rolls into my eyes. I consider that my exercise regime. Thanks for your tips and it does help to know that others have and are going through the same thing. I guess Im just impatient

LaurieD
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   Posted 1/17/2016 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Lloyde, are you going to cardiac rehab? Exercising under a controlled environment while building back up your strength and stamina is not only safest for you, but it will probably be comforting for you as well to know that you are exercising amongst trained eyes! It's a great way to safely increase the duration and intensity of your work outs, and the exercise specialists can be in direct contact with your Dr. if they see anything on your EKG that concerns them. It's a great place to learn more about your disease, meds, nutrition etc. as well. I used to be an ES at a cardiac rehabilitation center, which is why I am inquiring. I can't speak highly enough about the physical, mential and social benefits of cardiac rehab!

Be well!
-28 year old female
-Diagnosed with UC January 2014 while 7 weeks pregnant
-2 weeks in hospital
-Started Remicade in hospital
-Current meds remicade and colazal
-one flare up since remission while 3 months post partum, acheived remission with increase in colazal, rowasa enemas, and next infusion.
-beautiful healthy remicade baby, Declan Michael

Lloyde
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   Posted 1/17/2016 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you LaurieD for your kindness (& Happy Turtle above), cardiac rehab was offered to me and would have helped me I suppose answer a lot of questions that I have now about recovery. I had a severe burnout many years ago and present myself well but being in a group exhausts me. I am thankful I found this site and the good people on it.
How wonderful for you to have a baby boy called Declan Michael, I have eight grandchildren and love them dearly. The eldest now married and Im impatient for their first child.
Thanks again.

71 yr old male
Current meds - statins and pristique
Married 51 yrs
Live in Australia
Live in Australia

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/17/2016 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
keep strong mate. I did 6 week rehab, excellent. we are here for ya mate.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'

Lloyde
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   Posted 1/17/2016 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a query that has me puzzled, if you fix a hole or leak in a tube, you have full use of it straight away. They fix up your arteries and valves (I understand it is different in a human body) and your heart is now functioning better (now for me than before the op and I worked hard) and so are your lungs but why does exertion make you short of breath?

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/17/2016 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
it's an oxygen thing!!!! and because it is a big operation.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'

LaurieD
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   Posted 1/22/2016 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Lloyde - deconditioning from surgery and taking time off from activities will make you short of breath with less exertion than before. Just give it time. This is another reason why cardiac rehab can be so helpful, they methodically increase the duration and intensities of your work outs over time based on specific calculations and your own personal numbers (heart rate, blood pressure, etc) and "ratings of perceived exertion" that you give to the exercise specialists.

Congrats on your wonderful family. I hope you get that great grandchild soon :)
-28 year old female
-Diagnosed with UC January 2014 while 7 weeks pregnant
-2 weeks in hospital
-Started Remicade in hospital
-Current meds remicade and colazal
-one flare up since remission while 3 months post partum, acheived remission with increase in colazal, rowasa enemas, and next infusion.
-beautiful healthy remicade baby, Declan Michael

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/23/2016 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
nice sharing guys.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'
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