SparkPeople Heart Bypass Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=23642 This Spark Team is dedicated to helping those who have had Heart Bypass Surgery (CABG) recover and live successfully post surgery. SparkPeople Heart Bypass Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=23642 30 Days of Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x56721210 Two years ago, I started on Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan. I lost a lot of weight, but did not reach my goal. Over the last year, I have gained some of the weight back. I need to get control again, and lose what I've gained back, plus the rest. <BR> <BR> I have decided to commit to “30 Days of Perfection.” That means that for the next 30 days, I will eat according to my plan, which means ONLY fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains. There will be no cheating. I will not... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:38:04 EST I'm Taking To Many Medications http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x53236712 Where do you draw a line with all the medications that Drs. think you should have to take for life. I currently have 23 prescribed medicines - for my heart, my cholesterol, my diabetes, my depression etc. and a lot of them say I should not drink alcohol. Hell if it wasn't for beer I'd have a nervous breakdown. <BR> <BR> ChuckT Mon, 6 May 2013 05:11:04 EST BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x53188755 When I had my bypass surgery -5 bypasses - there were complications and I died. When coming back it was like a switch in my mind flipped on. I vowed to take care of myself first. It was difficult and is still a struggle.Now live a life full of enjoyment of the people and things around me. - I think they have me on some good meds - LOL <BR> <BR> ChuckT Thu, 2 May 2013 07:16:20 EST Share some good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x51715491 Last month, I celebrated my 3 years since bypass surgery! I celebrated by walk/running a 5k and had a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> I wanted to start the topic on sharing good news because, I have had some bouts of depression following my surgery, and consciously work to create a happy home, and surround myself with optimistic people, messages, etc.. <BR> Don't get me wrong, I have some down days, but mostly up ones! I would love to here anything your are celebrating, or any good news you have to ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:12:24 EST valve replacment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x51392464 I recently had my arortic vaive and arch replaced now I would like to get back to exercise, anyone here had this done Mon, 31 Dec 2012 03:51:47 EST Holidays, stress, food and life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x51296536 Most of the time I am good but once in a while I get worried that how come I purposely sabotage my good health! I know better not to eat the wrong foods, not to eat too much not to get upset about little things. And I am usually very careful but when I am down a little bet that is when things go the wrong way with me. It is like building a sand castle and when it nearly finished I start knocking it down. Why? Why not just lie in the sun and enjoy it. Perhaps tweak it a little. I need to get s... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 12:02:27 EST Introductions Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x50260337 Hi Everyone. I thought I would introduce myself to all the team members and let you know how I became eligible for this group. <BR> I am 66 years of age, the mother of 3 grown daughters and grandmother to 4 wonderful grandchildren.(They are just about grown also, ages 19 through 25), 3 boys and 1 girl. <BR> I have had some health problems since about 2001, when I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. Then I developed Diabetes. I have had high Blood Pressure and cholesterol problems since I ha... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 20:13:47 EST October Challenge, Daily Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x50168929 Please post here daily and let us know what meal you weighed and measured daily Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:02:02 EST cardiac rehabilitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x50069786 Since I had my bypass surgery, I have been attending cardiac rehab at the hospital and continue to feel fine. I continue to go twice a week and use the following machines: the treadmill, Nustep,and the bycyle. <BR> I will truly say that rehab really work. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:07:15 EST The China Study... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x49819000 I wanted to start a new topic, as I am reading the new book, "The China Study"; it's about an extensive 30 year research study and talks about the benefits of a plant based diet to eradicate heart disease (as well as some cancers..). There is a lot of interesting stuff, like how the cattle and meat industries in our country, market to americans, and how this evidenced based study will be at odds with those industries as a result. The movie, "Forks over Knives" has a bit on the China study i... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 19:01:28 EST New, is this board active? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x49366863 I am looking for support and advice. I am having open heart surgery in a couple of weeks to replace a valve (not bypass, but none the less, open heart). I am looking for people that have been through open heart surgery and any tips and advice I can get. I need to lose about 70 lbs which I will continue to work on post surgery. I am also diabetic. Would appreciate anything anyone could share. I live in Spokane, WA. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:53:13 EST is it anxiety?... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x47487028 Hi everyone. I haven't posted in a bit, and probably because I've been doing just fine. My weight is stable, I've been feeling good, and want to lose 7 or 8 lbs. but I'm ok. I've been walking and taking yoga classes, too. Yesterday I had a bit of a scare. I was walking around a museum, and suddenly felt nauseous. Then after ward, I felt weird pain in my ribs, and was tired out. I sat down a bit, felt under the weather for the rest of the afternoon but was ok later at night, and ok today... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:40:23 EST one year anniversary today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x47145107 I am so thankful to God that I have recovered well from my bypass surgery 1 year ago today. I went back to teaching group fitness classes after 12 weeks and continue to teach spinning as well as other group fitness classes. I am also now vegan as of about a month ago. So, I continue to do my part in staying healthy and ask God to do the rest. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 18:19:46 EST LETS HELP EACH OTHER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x47129233 HEY ALL THIS IS BADBOY 97 I USED TO BE RATDAR1 BUT HAD TO <BR> <BR> <BR> LEAVE FOR AWHILE DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES. <BR> <BR> BUT NOW I AM HERE AND IHAVE HAD TRIPLE BYPASS SURGERY BACK 12 YEARS AGO. <BR> <BR> BUT I STILL HAVE SOME CHEST PAIN AND SMALL ATTACKS FROM TIME TO TIME <BR> <BR> BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO KEEP ME FROM LIVLNG LIFE TO THE FULLIEST <BR> <BR> WE ALL SHOULD BE THANK FUL FOR GETTING A SECOND CHANCE ON <BR> <BR... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:26:15 EST How Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x46937937 will this slight pain last? It's been 2 years since my open heart surgery and there are times when I still have slight chest pains and sometimes it's like my chest bone is just tugging against me :( Tue, 6 Mar 2012 14:48:35 EST Reduced salt recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x46891448 I am 2.5 years past a quintuple bypass. Just prior to the surgery, I was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure., so need to really watch my salt intake. I am doing well, But my biggest challenge is eating healthfully, especially with regard to lower salt recipes. Cooking and eating at home are the best options. So I am always looking for tasty recipes. Even lots of the ones I find on SparkPeople are really too high in sodium. Anyone found any good sources for lower salt recipes? T... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 00:13:37 EST Heart HeaLthy SuperBowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x46435084 Anyone having a heart healthy superbowl? What are you doing differently? <em>281</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 17:57:43 EST any other new members this month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x45374135 I just joined this group last evening, and wondered if there are other newbies to this group as well? <BR> I hope everyone is doing well here, and that this December finds you home, happy, healthy, and ready to enjoy a lovely holiday season. <em>460</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:18:44 EST Remember our Vegies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x45204405 Remember our Vegies especialy over the holidays. So maney temptations. Happy and healthy holidays. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:32:28 EST Local discussion group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x45049702 Wed November 9, 2011 Was the first meeting at OHSU for cardio rehab people gathering. Second Wed. third floor room 5. If you know any one recovering from heart surgary in Portland, Oregon give me a note and I can give them more info. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 20:47:46 EST local support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x45008126 This sight is realy nice. but some times you can use a specialist that your doctor forgot to tell you about. Health food stores, Ywca's or Ymca local pools or gym's where you can exercize cheep alay from home. Also suggestions Like handycaped parking for the first 6 weeks post opp. if or how to get it in your state. We just started a monthly meeting of post opp heart surgary folks to share. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 02:02:49 EST I feel like I am starting over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x44766952 I had been going to the gym two to three times a week, swimming sometimes. After the doctor put a camera up my leg to reduce the size of my heart so my valve would work. While the camera was there he looked at my veins and backed out to do a double bypass shortly after. Now life is good. Had no heart attack or stroke. Now I want to know what a belly dancing outfit looks like if I hide my zipper? Wed, 26 Oct 2011 01:01:37 EST Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x42192596 So how long should one expect depression to last after open heart surgery? It's been over a year for me and I'm more and more depressed :( Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:36:44 EST Back to Health....better than ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x41399436 b in February. Since then I've been working out myself. The rehab was a lot easier for me, because there was an appointment and people expected me there. Now, no one at the gym really cares if I show up or not! I did get a trainer for myself, just to make sure I did another 12 weeks of exercise. I'm now at 218 pounds (highest was 282), and trying very very hard to make this lifestyle consistent and habitual. Can't wait to hear every one else's stories..... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:35:58 EST I had a scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x40907283 I have NOT been taking care of myself, nor have I been logging in to SparkPeople. Yesterday morning I woke up feeling OK except I was sweating profusley. I had to turn the hair dryer on several times to dry off. I had forgotten to take my meds the night before and attributed my sweats to that. I got to work and began having pain in my left shoulder. I was waiting on a customer when I began to have chest pains. My co-workers recognized that I wasn't feeling good and tried to get me to go sit ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 01:12:41 EST Feeling Fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x40370439 I hope this message finds all of you in good health and good spirits. It's been a long week and I was battling bronchitis but I powered through and even got in a few great work outs this week. I had a follow up appointment with the cardiologist this week and everything looks good on the heart front.... that was a blessing or thirty. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 10:17:34 EST Seeking Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x39510825 Hi. My name is John and I had open heart surgery on 30/11/2009 to replace a defective aortic valve and the root of the aorta. Since the surgery, I have suffered with heart rhythm problems (A-Fib). I have been on warfarin to prevent blood clots from forming but recently changed over to Pradaxa. After about 2 weeks, I am having abdominal pains, left side, lower. I have read that this is a side effect of Pradaxa but wondered if anyone else has taken the drug and what, if any, side effects you m... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:51:44 EST 2 CABG http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x38542231 1st time user. (73 year old male) <BR> Hi All. <BR> 2nd CABG (3) on 9/22/10 (1st was a quad in 1997). <BR> <BR> Finally somewhat back to norm as of this week. <BR> Looking for good post-cabg fitness (rehab) outlines. <BR> Anything available here on SparkPeople? <BR> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 13:26:46 EST Starting over Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x38373986 It has been quite some time since I have been on here. SparkPeople hasn't failed me but, I have failed myself. I have managed to go backwards. In the last 6 months I have managed to put on 30lbs. I was doing so well when I was tracking. I got complacent and forgot what was important. This is absolutely the heaviest I have ever been. I finally shared with my husband what my weight was. He was shocked over what has happened and promised to help me in any way that he can. <BR> However, I ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 22:16:49 EST How is everyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x36528345 Hi Everyone, <BR> Just checking to see how everyone is doing? I'm now almost 6 months post-op and feeling stronger. I don't know about everyone else, but I definitely am affected by the heat more. We've had a couple of hot days here in San Jose and I'm not as tolerant as I was before. On a plus side, I was finally able to swim laps without sternal pain yesterday and it felt like normal. I tried back in June and it hurt too much so that's good. I hope everyone else is doing well! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 23:35:36 EST Helpful Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x36480366 One of the personal trainers at the YMCA where I teach yoga emailed this article link to all of the group exercise instructors. It's very interesting. <BR> <BR> HEALTH | August 25, 2010 <BR> Well: Phys Ed: Does Music Make You Exercise Harder? <BR> By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS <BR> Just how music impacts the body during exercise is only slowly being teased out by scientists. <BR> <BR> <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/ph<BR>ys-ed-does-music-make-you-exercise-har<BR>der/?emc=eta1 </li... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 11:19:17 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x35682298 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a newbie to your team. I have not had open heart surgery but I can relate in two ways. My father has had heart issues, genetically, his whole life and has done everything right...exercise, physical labor as a builder, and has tried EVERYTHING from being vegetarian to high fiber/low cholesterol etc. and still had to have a by-pass surgery two years ago. <BR> <BR> I'm also a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Health Education and teach Cardiac Rehab nutrition ... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:14:58 EST HERE TO HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x35222710 I AM BACK AND IF ANYONE NEEDS SOME SUPPORT <BR> <BR> I AM HERE AS LONG AS YOU NEED ME <BR> <BR> I AM WILLING TO HELP ANYWAY I CAN <BR> <BR> SO JUST ASK AND WE WILL TAKE IT FROM THERE. <BR> <BR> RATDAR3/.RONNIE Mon, 5 Jul 2010 20:11:40 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x34472466 Hello everyone! <BR> Just checking in to see how everyone is doing? <BR> <BR> I'm now 9 1/2 weeks post-op and have been cleared by my stress echo to exercise at higher intensities. I didn't score so well on my overall fitness so my physician would actually prefer I work out longer at lower intensities to build my fitness base. <BR> <BR> I'll be returning to work in the ICU in 3 weeks. I'm a bit nervous, more about the psychological aspects than anything. I've been visiting off and on my who... Sun, 30 May 2010 11:33:06 EST good news from doctors. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x33789680 I had an appointment with the surgeon on the 22nd, family doctor this past Tuesday and the cardiologist on Wednesday(yes a full week), anyway all three have given me the go ahead on returning to work. YEAH!!!!! My boss previously said he'd have to put me in another area of the store, (no room for me)but after bringing in notes from all three doctors stating that all I need is light duty, starting off with 6 hours a day 4 days a week for the first week then 6 hours a day 5 days a week the 2nd... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:13:09 EST new member from Ontario, Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x33737905 I've been away from spark for quite some time and need to get started again. In January my dr sent me to the emergency room after I went in for what I thought was congestion. He had a EKG machine in his office, hooked me up to it, then told me to immediately go to the emergency room. After a 5 hour wait, I was finally seen and the was told I had had a heart attack. This was a shock to me as heart problems do not run in the family,I'm only 49 and I've always tried to eat healthy. They did ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:56:28 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x33614970 New member and would like to say hello! Thu, 22 Apr 2010 07:52:25 EST Open heart surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x33305832 Hi Heart Bypass team! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being an active member of the team and contributing whenever possible. <BR> <BR> I had 4 By passes 6 weeks ago. I was taking a nuclear tread mill test and completed the tread mill and after I sat down had a <BR> cardiac arrest. I was revived with the paddles and taken to the hospital. Two days later had Open Heart surgery. i was told I was lucky to be here. My Doctor said if i would had had this anywhere else their would not have been time... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:09:37 EST Just Checking In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x32528078 Wanted to give a shout out to everyone. It is Monday the 8th and I am feeling better than yesterday. I still have days where it's difficult to get out of bed. However, those days are getting less frequent. So thankful for that. I have a cardiac rehab session today and thought I'd just give a little encouragement to someone who may need it. All I can say is no matter what age we are, we need to take care of ourselves. As women we need to educate ourselves on heart disease. The AHA has s... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 11:48:21 EST Spreading the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x32354178 Hi everyone!! <BR> Just wanted to pop in and say hi. I thought I'd share a little something with everyone. I was in a dietician class put on by my Cardiac Rehab Tuesday. It was wonderful to hear the dietician mention Sparkpeople.com as a good source of motivation and nutrition. I was thrilled to know that I already knew about it and could help explain what it was to those around me. I have come back to it after a year of being lax-a-daisy. This time I'm trying to be more involved and j... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 18:57:15 EST I lost my sister today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x30286138 Hi, I am writing asking for prayers because my sister, Doris, died today. We were very close and I am just heart broken. I loved her so much even though she once made me eat a mud pie. Please pray for my mother and father too. Thank you ahead of time for your prayers. <BR> God Bless You, <BR> Sharon/Spunky521 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:10:18 EST Hello team...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x30196267 Just wanting to say hello to the team and letting everyone know I am still around. Looks like everyone is busy these days. I am back at work although it will be one more week before I am here full time. Work has been great about transitioning me back in. I am fully recovered from the bronchitis and have been feeling great. I am walking and keeping within my calorie limits - for the most part. Have lost a total of 30 lbs so far so excited about that. Went on Friday for the CT scan in pr... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 14:59:32 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x29780858 I've been reading the posts and they all sound familiar. I'm still morbidly obese, but working on it. I've gone from about 375 down to 315. I had my 3rd heart attack in Jan 2009 and was treated to a quadruple bypass. Got out of the hospital in about 7 days and felt great & had great attitude. 3 weeks later, i woke up with chest pain and had trouble breathing. Back to the hospital where I was diagnosed with MRSA, blood infection, prostrate infection, several UTI's, pnuemonia, and water on my l... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:14:13 EST health care reform http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x29601207 I am glad we are almost there in terms of passing health care reform especially since pre-existing conditions will be covered. <BR> I'm 55 and if I lost my job, I would never again get insurance for me or my family (that we could afford) after my surgery). <BR> I urge people to fight for this or any other bill that covers all americans and pre-existing conditions. <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> not political just trying to get affordable health care for myself and family............ Sun, 8 Nov 2009 09:32:54 EST Off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of oz. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x29562186 I'm off to see my cardiologist this morning for the first time since the surgery. Not sure what we will find. Have been coughing like crazy all week due to some kind of bug. Chest feels worse than it did right after surgery. It's doing all kinds of shifting and crunching. Does not feel good. Have new bruising at the bottom end of the scar. Not sure what that is about. Anyway, we shall see what he has to say. <BR> <BR> One more week off and than I start easing back into work. How swi... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 08:04:18 EST New Here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x29391183 My husband just had a 5 vessel bypass on Friday 10/23 (following an MI on Thursday). It was actually quite a surprise since he really hasn't had much prior history other than elevated lipids and SMOKING (grrr). He's doing fine postop, came home yesterday and is fairly sore today from all the "coming home" activity. We normally eat a fairly low fat diet and he exercises (lifts weights-cardio has always made him short of breath. Now we know why!) regularly (3x/wk) . . .and he says he's all ... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:55:51 EST new member who had quadrupal bypass surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x29351693 hi! I'm Jim from PA. <BR> <BR> first time in a discussion group... <BR> had quadruple bypass may 27th 2009..had slight discomfort for a week. went to the doctor and had stress test...failed and failed the catherization. <BR> had emergency bypass the next day. feel great now and have lost 60 pounds went from 213 to 153. <BR> <BR> just still cannot believe it happened and still fearful of dropping like a rock one day. I'm 55 and I'm trying everything I can to stay at this weight and excercis... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:23:44 EST Dodging the Silent Killer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x29103198 In January of 2008 my brother had a massive heart attack and died at the age of 45, 3 weeks before his 46th birthday. <BR> <BR> This past summer, while working out at the gym, where I trained 5 to 6 days a week, I noticed a little pressure in my chest, almost like someone was laying their hand on my sternum. My first thought was "huh, that's not right." I did not want to take any chances with my health, especially since I have a four year old. <BR> <BR> Since I have anemia, I decided to ... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 22:39:59 EST Hi I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x27556278 Hi I'm spunky521/Sharon. I had a stroke about 6 years ago and I'm paralyzed on the right side. Because I can't exercise, it's going to be very difficult to lose 150+ lbs. I've already lost 53 lbs. I have two children, one boy,John, who is thirty and a girl, Sarah, who is a 20 year old college student. I have very supportive parents. For the last 11 months, I have been living in a rest home. I've been told I won't ever go home. I can't often answer emails unless my roommate helps me wi... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 23:13:22 EST Another member of the zipper club. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x27385855 Hello fellow survivors, <BR> <BR> I had my first heart attack at age 53. They were able to cath only one artery out of seven blocked. I under went heart by pass surgery and got six by passes to go along with my stent. My infarction % was 20%. That all happened the week of Oct. 23,2006. Returned to work Dec 17 and was in very good spirits. Jan 13th 2007 I had another heart attack and under went a series of angioplasty and ended up with 8 stents all together. This past February I was hospit... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:34:48 EST Do any of you use Tricor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x26552309 If any of you have used tricor to lower triglycerides and cholesteral between April 9, 2002 and May 8, 2009, you may be entitled to a cash refund from a class action settlement. This notice appeared in my latest Newsweek magazine. It seems that the manufactures engaged in anticompetitive conduct (over charging). There is a website that explains it, and you can download a claims forms to be part of the lawsuit. The hearing is on October 9, 2009. It won't cost you anything except the price... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:59:08 EST What about Pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x25675012 I was wondering does anyone still have Pain and Discomfort, shortness of breathe, not able to do much activity without being tired or anything else? <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <em>38</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 00:26:20 EST Are you taking any precautions for the swine flu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x25138510 Since they have raised the level for the swine flu today, are any of you going to take any special precaution? MY main fear is to get pneumonia with it. I went to Costco today and did a major shopping of food supplies, so if it does come to Washington State, I plan on staying home. No trips to town or visiting friends. Lets all keep our fingers crossed. Wed, 29 Apr 2009 19:14:16 EST Providence, RI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x25024899 I believe I spotted at least one team member from Rhode Island out there? I'm wondering if anyone else had their surgery in Providence? If so, let's connect regarding hospitals and surgeons? <BR> <em>414</em> Michelle Sat, 25 Apr 2009 18:59:23 EST PTSD anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x25024843 Hello everyone, <BR> Since my surgery I've had anxiety that sometimes interferes with sleep, as well as other symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced any symptoms like this? <BR> <em>414</em> Michelle Sat, 25 Apr 2009 18:56:25 EST informal survey of team members regarding exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x24997470 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm curious about what types of cardio exercise you enjoy. My favorite is Zumba! When I can't get to a Zumba class I like the recumbent bike, and a Technogym "floating" machine that simulates skating. When I do the machines I have to have my MP3 player with motivating music. Let me know. <BR> <em>414</em> Michelle Fri, 24 Apr 2009 13:54:36 EST Hello from a new co-leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x24997254 Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Michelle. I'm 43 years old and had a double cardiac bypass almost 2 years ago now (June 2007). I'm an RN with bad genes! My father has cholesterol problems and had his first angioplasty at age 50. I've had cholesterol problems at least since my early 20s. Anyway, this surgery has changed my life. I began tracking food and exercise on SparkPeople April 1st. I look forward to connecting with others with similar circumstances and sharing experiences. <em>414</... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 13:46:48 EST I AM BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x24655378 WELL I AM BACK HERE AND I AM GOING TO STAY HERE. WELL I WAS BACK IN HOSPITAL TWICE AGAIN AND PUT ONE STENT IN AN D GOT MY BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN NOW TO 106/65 AND CHOLESTOROL IS DOWN TO 76. WELL I AM HERE IF ANYONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT ANYTHING I AM HERE FOR ALL OF YOU. I MISSED ALOT OF YOU WHEN I LEFT BEFORE AND NOW I AM READY TO RIMBLE LOL. RATDAR1/RONNIE Sun, 12 Apr 2009 19:44:50 EST Hi I am new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x24211012 My name is Diane I am 59 years old I had a stent implant in Nov 2001 and I had a double by pass surgery in Oct 2002. I have had 7 cardiac cauterizations one for the angioplasty with stent implant 1 heart pump for the by-pass surgery the rest was to see what was going on. The last one I had in March a year ago to check on the by-pass to see if it closed up but they were fine. I smoked for 36 years and quit in 2001 before I found out I had a 90% clog on 2 arteries. I had gained 60 pounds after ... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:01:05 EST Weight gain and meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x23364563 Does anyone else have a problem loosing weight? I think it is the meds I am on that is part of the problem. I eat an 1800 calorie diet. Walk 3 miles 5 days a week and do some strength training 2 times a week. Instead of loosing weight I am gaining it. I don't understand it. Sun, 1 Mar 2009 11:38:13 EST When will Spring be with us? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x22821593 Woke up this morning to a winter wonderland again! Had two inches of snow over the night. Some of the Spring bulbs that were sticking their top out of the ground are now covered with snow. Have been looking at seed catalogs for extra ideas on what to plant this year- I eat healthier when it is fresh from the garden and not canned. I Planted everbearing strawberries last spring and highly recommend you do the same if you got the space, you will have enough berries to eat fresh up to the fi... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 17:34:06 EST How many sparkpoints did you get today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6577x23642x21648254 I have a lot of time on my hands. I was able to ge 96 sparkpoints today!! <em>30</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 23:30:08 EST New Years Resoluti ns!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x21212726 In a few days we will be starting a New Year- it's a time to reflect on our blessings and make new goals to have a more healthy lifestyle. I have been using the Dean Ornish Reversing Heart disease diet. It is a diet that basically cuts out most fats, no single serving of food should have more then 3 grams of fat. My cholesterol is down to 135, but have problems with my triglycerides---no, I don't drink booze. Would be interested in hearing what you all are doing diet wise. OK, my New Year... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 18:02:17 EST LEAVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x21115090 I AM LEAVING HEART BY PASS TEAM BECUSE I FEEL THAT WE ARE NOT GOING FORWARD AND I NED NOT BE HERE WHER E I AM NOT GETTING ANYTHING OUT OF THIS GROUP <BR> <BR> <BR> SORRY BUT GOT TO GO RATDAR1/RONNIE Mon, 22 Dec 2008 10:41:35 EST ALL OF US http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x20983453 WELL WE ALL HAVE A SECOND CHANCE TO DO RIGHT ABOUT OUR SEVES SO LET US START TODAY ON GETTING MORE BETTER AND HEALTHER AND MAKE OUR DRS PROUD THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET WEIGHT OF AND EXERCISE MORE AND BEAT OUR STUPIDIY ABOUT LETTING OUR SEVES GETT THIS WAY. SO AS A PRESON THTA HAS BEEN THRE AND BACK FROM THE DEAD LET US STRIV E FOR BEEING HEALTHY THIS YEAR RATDAR1/RONNIE Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:51:43 EST Post Thanksgiving Pre Xmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x20566011 Now that we have all made it through thanksgiving, it's time for me to focus on Christmas--- No I didn't go shopping on black Friday. I always seem to make a resolution for this time of year to not worry about trying to loose more weight, but to just maintain for the next month. It is hard with all the goodies and candies flowing like water around you. Am I the only one who makes a mini resolution this time of year? <em>52</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2008 16:39:02 EST We are all so lucky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x19546837 I am so lucky because my heart was "fixed" before it was damaged. <BR> <BR> We are all so lucky (There are only 18 of us.) because we are able to communicate with other people who have been through similar surgeries and medical problems. <BR> <BR> There are only 18 of us on that are on this team. Let's support each other and celebrate what we have! Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:54:40 EST Please Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6577x23642x16561163 <em>227</em> <BR> Please use this forum for questions and answers about bypass surgery. Please note that this forum is for educational purposes only and that you should not use this forum in place of professional medical help. If you are having real medical problems you should go see your doctor. Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:14:21 EST Come on in and introduce yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x23642x16561079 <em>229</em> <BR> Don;t be shy! introduce yourself to the other members. We promise not to bite! Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:11:54 EST Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x23642x16561004 Welcome to the Heart Bypass Spark Team forums. This forum, the "General Team Discussion Forum" is for any and all topics, heart related or not. Think of this forum as a little cafe where people can come and post about anything and make new friends through discussion of a wide range of topics. <em>235</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:09:43 EST