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7/24/14 12:17 P

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Hi! I am 64, survivor of a widow maker 2 years ago. Was scheduled for a double bypass and coded on them before they could get me into surgery. The University of Virginia has some amazing cardiac teams.I'm here and celebrated my 2nd anniversary of new life in May.
Did well with phase one of cardiac rehab, phased out of rehab when the monitoring was done. Time to get serious about weight control.Need to get rid of 100 lbs., I've done it before but the key this time is maintenance. Counting on SparkPeople to help with that. emoticon (with help)

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11/16/13 9:45 P

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Good evening all!

I'm Robbie. I had CABGx2 in May of 2012.

I quit smoking a week before my surgery. I'm tying to keep a better focus on my diet and nutrition [some days I do better than others]. I am continuing with my Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab. I work with a Personal Trainer twice a week. She has me doing both cardio and strength training. I try to do 30 minutes of cardio on the other days [but don't always make that happen, I'll admit].

I have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter [the loves of my life]. I am currently in between ex-wives [I've got 2 behind me and haven't met my next one yet - as far as I know - LOL].

Glad to be here!!!

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3/11/13 11:27 P

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I am 53 and 7 mos. past a sudden heart attach CABG 6. My heart fells strong,but the rest of me is falling apart.

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10/11/12 6:24 P

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Hello. I am Laura and I had a triple bypass 10 years ago. I have made a lot of changes in my life since my heart attack, 6 months prior to my CABG. I quit smoking. I got off the furniture and started moving. I lost 60 pounds (still have 60 to go!). I got divorced. My cardiologist, at the time, told me that although I had numerous risk factors for heart disease, it was my unhappy life that was killing me. I was miserable in my marriage (my MI was 3 days after our 34th anniversary) and when I was finally free to live my life for myself, the way I wanted to live it; when I no longer had somebody telling me I was stupid, etcetera, I began to celebrate my life. That celebration includes embracing my heart attack as the best thing that had happened to me in many long years. I am on a life-long quest to continue to do what is best for my heart. Once I get rid of the rest of my weight I will probably be able to say I have, indeed, succeeded in living a heart-healthy life!

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10/10/12 4:40 P

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Hi Music_Mutt: Welcome to the Heart Bypass Team, glad to have you with us. I am extremely glad to hear that you are doing so well immediately after surgery.
I had my bypass 1 1/2 years ago and I thought I bounced back fast but you got me beat.


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10/10/12 11:10 A

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Hello, I'm a Music_Mutt, i.e. I have a hard time finding a genre of music I don't like, either eclectic or no taste at all. I had quadruple by-pass surgery on Tuesday October 2, eight days ago. I had a lot of extremely strong factors for success working for me: an extremely good surgeon and surgical team, a raft of prayers that had me really lifted spiritually and psychologically, very good lung capacity and core muscle strength. The blockage was initially discovered through a CT-scan for a benign lung nodule, no heart attack. So, county me extremely lucky. Once the condition was detected, I had to immediately stop my moderate to intense exercise, but benefits carried past 3 weeks to give me a great boost on my hospital recuperation. I got out on the Friday after the Tuesday quadruple. I have a lot of good resources that keep impressing on me that the only way to get better at this point is to proceed very, very, slowly. I was trying to get a bit leaner with the "Eat to Live" diet the three weeks before surgery and lost 11 pounds, though my exercise was almost nothing. I have been trying to stick to "Eat to Live" at home for the health benefits, but I'm now beefing up the animal protein, not a lot, just more than "Eat to Live" would allow. I've lost ten pounds since coming out of the hospital this past Friday. I know huh? Though I feel really good on the diet, I'm convinced it was a mistake to try to follow it full force as soon as I got home (with very little appetite). Sorry to go on and on. I think this Team will be good for me and I hope my contributions help someone. I hope to straighten up my weight sticker today.

"You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left." - Itshak Perlman


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10/5/12 8:53 P

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Hi Emma, My name is Eileen and I am the new team leader. I want to say hi and tell you I am glad you are part of this team. I just put up a new sticky topic so we can all introduce ourselves and tell our story. Hope you will join in

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9/30/12 12:16 P

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Hi Eileen! I'm glad to know there's a leader! It was looking like this wasn't an active group, and it's the one I most wanted to be a part of, so I'm really glad you're here!

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9/29/12 11:08 P

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Welcome LITTLEGULLA, My name is Eileen and I am the new team leader. I am so glad that you found us. I can definately use your motivation. It has been a year an a half since my bypass (I only had 4) the blockage was found when I had a mild Heart Attack. I still have not gotten real serious about my weikght loss and I need all the support I can get. I am now 66 years old and I really need to get serious. Today is the first day that I tracked my foods in quite awhile and I feel good about that.
Don't for get keep posting

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9/28/12 11:05 A

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Hello, Friends. I'm so glad to find a group that understands MY reasons for healthy eating and exercise! Two years ago, on October 4, 2010, I had a sextuple bypass. That's right, SIX! I was only 49, and I was very lucky. I knew there was something wrong, and I saw the doctor BEFORE the heart attack. I was a massive one waiting to happen, and every artery was seriously clogged, but there was no damage to my heart. It took a little over a year for me to get serious about the weight loss, but I finally did last February. Since then, I've lost 36 pounds. Actually, a little less, because I gained this past week, but I'm not counting that since I just stopped one of my blood pressure medicines, and it happened to be a water pill. I fully expected to gain this week, and I will NOT let it bring me down! I look forward to getting to know you all!

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9/20/12 12:50 P

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Hi Everyone,
My name is Emma and I am glad to be able to speak to a group that have gone through some
of the same things that I have experieced. I am a retired high school English teacher who has dedicated my entire life helping our youth.
Everything stopped when I got ill. I welcome a chance to talk and exchange ideas with others.

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I just heard of this site and since I have had the CABG twice, I feel I might get some help and hellp others along the way.

first CABG was in 1992 (4-way) and stupdly regaind the weight. Went from well over 315 lb down to 215 then put all (or maybe more) back on.

Used brute force to get down to 226 and ended up with my 2nd CABG in 2009. Joined SP in April of 2011 and have successfuly dropped down to 169 with only 4 more to go.

SP has been a godsend to me.

I hope someone steps up to lead this team. I am already co leaders on two teams and not sure if I can squeeze one more team in.
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1/28/12 2:32 P

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Hi everyone. I just joined this group and just rejoined Spark People yesterday. I stopped Spark People because I was too busy. I am a lifetime member of our YMCA, but didn't go because I was too busy. Last summer, shortly after my 61 birthday, I started saying how tired I was - I must be officially old. My mother went into the hospital on Halloween, I took time off - I had a lot of vacation time - that I was always to busy to take. During that time I was having difficulty climbing the stairs - a chest x-ray showed a dormant virus in my lower lungs. I was asked to do a follow-up x-ray in 3 weeks. My mother died the day before Thanksgiving - I still did Thanksgiving dinner - but couldn't lift the turkey. Two weeks later I was in the cardio-pulminologist's office (for the lung issue) and he informed me that they had called an ambulance and I ended up having a quadruple by-pass the Monday before Christmas. I only felt old and had some difficulty breathing - we thought maybe allergies or asthma. I feel very blessed to have been in his office at that second, but still a little overwhelmed how close I was.

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12/3/11 11:38 P

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Hi everyone, I just joined this group but have been on Spark People for a couple years.
I had Heart Bypass surgery 2 years ago (on Dec.10, 2009). Prior to this I had 3 heart attacks and 9 stents placed: 2004, 2006, and 2009. My mom had heart attack when she was 40; so definitely a genetic predisposition, and stress was also a factor. But, I wasn't a smoker, and didn't have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and was of average weight.


The first year, since the surgery, I placed a lot of emphasis on getting fit, meditation, yoga, and I got regular massages. I even found a great job that is much less stressful than the one I had previously.

This year, I've eased up, some; put on about 5 lbs. (the 5 I lost 2 years ago), and have become more sedentary, except for a 6 week yoga class in Sept.; and about twice weekly walks/hikes at local parks.

This past week I hurt my back, and it kind of freaked me out; I've had no heart problems for so long, but the back pain resembled the pain I would get before a heart attack, and I started to get a bit nervous. It woke me up a bit, to remember how important it is to make my health and wellbeing a top priority in my life, and I could feel it starting to slip down a few notches. ..So maybe this pulled back muscle thing was a blessing to remember what I need to do for myself.

I'm grateful for my health today, and that there is a group on here for those who had bypass surgery.
To introduce myself...let's see...:
I'm 46 years old. I've been married for 14 years. We don't have children, mostly due to starting late, and then finding out about the heart issues; My husband is my best friend, and went through a lot during the MI's, and surgery. I think it might be emotionally harder for our spouses when we are sick, only because, our job is to "get better"; and they worry, stress, and have to work, and carry on during that time.

I love to travel, I love dancing, I love the outdoors: hiking, skiing, canoeing, etc.. I like to garden, too. Nice to meet you all. Wishing you well.

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8/24/11 12:12 P

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Hi every body!
It is nice to meet you all and I hope you all feeling good.
I just had my open heart surgery about 3 months ago and I feel pretty good. It is nice to receive on other chance to enjoy life and that is what I am setting up as my goal. Appreciate life!!!
I joined a cardio rehab exercise program and I enjoy all the attention I am getting and it makes me work harder to get physicality fit. My hobbies are all require that I am in good physical condition hiking, skiing, canoeing and table tennis . . . I need to get stronger again! (I am retired and 70is.)
Every day is a gift. Enjoy, enjoy . . .



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7/23/11 2:15 P

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Hi - I am Leanna - I had a double bypass in Sept 2009 (age 44) after they found an artery with a 99% blockage. The doctor said it was a fluke as all my other arteries had no placque at all. Go figure. He said were it not for all the walking I did I probably would have had a heart attack and died. As it was I was up and around quickly and back to walking 2 miles a day about 2 weeks after surgery.

My eating and exercise habits were great for months after surgery- but injuries and emotional eating are taking it's toll. Still, I keep trying to shed the pounds. . . .


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7/23/11 10:07 A

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I had a heart attack, out of the blue, in Sept of 2008. I've been overweight since college, and have had type 2 diabetes for 30 years. After my heart attack I had 9 stents placed over the following year. In Sept. of 2009 I had a double bypass. I really thought things would be great after that--not having been told that recurring angina was a possibility. Six months later, there it was--that tightening in the chest and fear of another surgery. I had more tests done and it was found that my grafts were fine, but I have small vessel disease. The angina is likely here to stay. The docs told me that exercise would help. My problem is that I am scared to death and can't seem to get past it. I can go out and walk at a mall or big box store, but to actually walk out the front door and walk in my neighborhood puts me in a tailspin.

I'm 65, my diabetes is under control, I need to lose at least 50 lbs, and exercise is a must. I started this program July 22. Has anyone else experienced this fear and reluctance to risk the chest pain?

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7/7/11 7:48 A

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Good Morning all! I am 55 years old and had a triple bypass 11 years ago. Recently I was experiencing new symptoms and a heart cath was done to determine the cause. My original bypasses are all still intact and look good. New arteries failed and I had 2 stent put in 3 1/2 months ago. Still, the shortness of breath continued so I had an echo done. I now have mitral and bicuspid insifficiency and the heart wall damaged. Symptoms are being controlled with diuretics at this time. I am so grateful to be here and be given yet another chance at life. I am looking to lose 15 to 20 pounds. I know it may not seem a lot to some folks but when you're dealing with excess weight on a heart already damaged every lost pound matters. I am hoping for some insight and inspiration in this journey.....I am glad to be alive

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4/18/11 4:27 P

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I didn't have bypass surgery but but i did have open heart surgery , and i can tell you that my left upper thigh is numb and i didn't have any veins harvested. I have been told that it is common with a lot of surgerys to have numbness in the legs.

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My name is Sandi and i am a 41 year old wife and mother. I did not have a bypass done, how ever i did have open heart surgery to repair an atrial septal defect. The hole was to big for it to be repaired by going through the groin. I had my surgery on March 3rd. Now i am at the point where i feel much better and can do things again, It is time for me to get my but in gear and perform a lifestyle change. I have been a member of sparkpeople for a few years now and for one reason or another i haven't been able to stay commuted to getting my self healthier. After having heart surgery i have started seeing thing a lot differently. I started Cardiac rehab last Wednesday and it was great, something that i really need. I go back to work this coming Sunday and i am both nervous and excited. I work as a nursing tech on an ortho/nuro unit in a hospital. I spent 3 months last year working an the cardiac floor, so when i found out that i needed surgery i was somewhat prepared. One of the things that i really liked during my stay in the hospital was that all of the volunteers where former heart patients and could fully relate to what i was going through. I am looking forward to talking to other people that have had similar surgery.

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3/15/11 4:18 P

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Hi all!
I am 59 years old - and I have been on Sparkpeople for just over a year, and I LOVE it! I lost a lot of weight, and got in really good shape last year (although I have put on about 20 pounds since Thanksgiving). I had some symtoms when I pushed hard on the treadmill, but I I thought I was having a stress test to confirm that nothing was wrong! Not the case. on January 7th the stress test indicated a blockage - the following Tuesday I was in the cath lab, and, like someone else who posted here, I was told that the blockage was in the left main, and that a stent could not be attempted. On Friday (the 14th of January) I had a double bypass. It went very well (as CABGs go :-) and, with the wonderful care I got in the hospital, and the amazing love from my sister, I am kickin butt! I am hoping that we can all support one another to the fullest recovery possible for each of us!
I am signed up for a 5K on 4/2 (I will probably be at the tail end of the pack - but so be it) and I plan to sign up for the Disney Princess Half marathon next February (I was signed for this year's, but 'me ole heart' put the kibosh to that! :-)
I am so glad you are all here (sorry that you had to go through the CABG, but glad to have like minded folks on SP)
Let us become strong, healthy, and perfect, in our own way!
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1/31/11 11:51 A

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Welcome Jaemery!
Of course you are welcome in this thread! Spouses and family support are essential to the heart patient recovering from whatever event they had (MI, surgery, angioplasty, etc.). As you are learning, there's a definite lifestyle change for many of us! Great job in being there for your hubby, I know it's probably been stressful living with the what-ifs?!

s/p CABG x 1 (3/25/10)

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Hello, everybody! I'm hoping you all accept spouses of those who've been through CABG as well. My husband (58 yrs old) had a heart attack followed by CABG x4 in September. The heart attack caused a fair amount of damage, but he's in rehab and doing well. We were in complete shock since there's no history of heart disease in the family (that we know of), he was not overweight and we don't do fast food.
So we're making adjustments, adding more exercise to both our lives as well as working hard at eating heart healthy meals. Keeping sodium low seems the biggest challenge for us. Good thing I like cooking from scratch. Just wish there were more hours in the day! Thanks for being here and just let me know if this is only for the CABG patients, not spouses!

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HELLO EVERYONE MY NAME IS RONNIE OR ASKNOWN AS RATDAR3 I WAS ON HERE BEFORE AS RATDAR1 AND HAD TO LEAVE DUE TO HEART PROBLEMS.
BUT NOW IAM DOING MUCH BETTER I HAD A TRIPLE BYPASS
BACK IN 2000 AND HAVE HAD 16 STENTS PUT IN ME SINCE.

I HAVE LOST 38 LBS IN THE LAST 2MONTHS AND DR IS
VERY HAPPY AND GOT ME ON MEDS AND EXERCISE.
HAS ME WALK 3MILES A DAY ANDWATCH OUT WHAT I EAT.
I AM EATING VEGGIES AND FRUITS AND NO FAST FOODS.
I HOPE WE ALL CAN WORK TOGETHER AND BE HEALTHY
LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLIEST AND SMILE FOR BEING ALIVE.
WELL IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT MY PAGE.

TTY ALL LATER AND MOVE FORWARD.

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Welcome Carrie!
Hope you are continuing to recover well! Wow, CABG x 3 at 28, that had to have been scary! I'm 40 and had a CABG x 1 for a coronary artery anomaly. I'm almost 10 months out and feeling great. Every month gets a little better! Keep up the great work with weight loss, etc. I'm on the whole slew of cardiac meds/supplements to prevent CAD (I don't have heart disease but they are treating me as high risk).

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Hi All I'm Carrie, I am 28 and had CABG x3 in October. I went to the ER thinking I was having a panic attack and they ran some tests and had to transfer me to another hospital for an emergent CABG. Since the surgery I have lost 14lbs. the holidays were a major issue with the weight loss so I have joined spark to get back in the groove and start loosing more consistently so I can get down to my goal weight and hopefully avoid any future heart issues

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Hello again, Ronnie! To be honest, I didn't even know you left the team. The site notifies leaders when someone joins the team, but not when someone leaves. I guess with some of the bigger teams that could become cumbersome, but with a team this size I wouldn't mind having the opportunity to wish someone good luck when they leave the team....

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HI EVERYONE THIS IS RONNIE I USED TO BE RATDAR1 NOW I AM RATDAR3/RONNIE.

I WAS HERE A WHILE BACK AND NOW I CAME BACK
TO THIS TEAM. I AM 56 YEARS OLD AND HAD TRIPLE BYPASS SURGERY IN 2000 AND STILL HAVE PROBLEMS HERE AND THERE WITH MY HEART.

I HAVE 13 STENTS IN MY HEART NOW AND DRS SAY I AM
DOING BETTER. I NEED SUPPORT AND I AM WILLING
TO HELP ANYONE I CAN SO I AM BACK HERE AGAIN
LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLIEST AS IF IT WAS YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH LOVE ONE ANOTHER ALSO.
SMILE AND YOUR DAY WILL BE BETTER.
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I also experienced some superficial numbness for quite a while near my incisions, especially the chest incision. In my case it may have taken a year or two to resolve, and I think I may still have just a little bit even still (my surgery was in June 2007).

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Hi Ron!

I just had Quad by pass surgery 6 weeks ago. I can't answer your question about how you feel when someone pokes you in your chest. Sorry!

I have numbness in my chest and in my left lower leg . The leg numbness is from the vain being harvested for my bypass. How long until the feeling comes back in the chest? Also did you have any leg numbness?

Welcome to the team and I look forward to us talking a lot. This is all new to me.



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As I posted on the other board, I'm so glad you've found us! Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help to you. I am an RN who had a CABG x2 almost 3 years ago, when I was 41 years old. The experience of my surgery is still fresh in my mind, though, and we may have a lot to talk about, you and I!

Welcome to the team,
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Hello everyone,
I am new to this group and a bit different, actually, quite different! I am a 40 year old ICU nurse and I am POD #12 s/p emergent CABG x 1. I was at work 13 days ago, developed cardiac symptoms, and was rushed to the cath lab by my coworkers where I was found to have an extremely rare heart anomaly (an anomalous right coronary artery). I was taken for bypass surgery less than 24 hours later and my surgeons thought it was a miracle I'd lived this long given the fact that I played college sports and had a child. This type of anomaly is often responsible for sudden cardiac death. My EF is normal and I was very lucky not to have an MI. Although my other coronaries are completely clean I feel I've been given a second chance at life and don't want to mess it up. As an ICU nurse I never imagined being on the other side of the bed but now I have. This has been an eye opener and my goal is to continue eating right and continue my weight loss (-12 lbs so far). I am currently doing rehab on my own and am up to walking 20 min. per day. I still have a lot of PVCs and am on Metoprolol for this. I will have a stress ECHO at the end of May and plan to return to work at the end of June.

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Welcome Kathy! Thank you for posting your introduction. I'm so sorry that all of that has happened to you at such a young age. Let us know if we can be of any help during your recovery. Glad you've found us!
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My name is Kathy and I had a double bypass on 12-23-09. It started with a heart attack on 6-20-09. Had 3 stents put in the LAD. After 6 months, only one was working correctly. One was trying to close and then other had caused the lumen to divide the bloodflow, making my poor heart work harder. The worst part is that I have no family history. And I just turned 38. On paper I look like a healthy person. No markers for cardiac problems. I am currently involved in cardiac rehab and will have to look for a gym soon. I really just wanted to introduce myself and say Hi! I am grateful to be here today.

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Wow! Now, that's benefiting from technology! Enjoy.
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solved the exercise problem. Amazon delivered my Wii and Wii Fit Plus last week, and I LOVE IT! This is exercise I WILL DO, and that's the type that works.

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Dear Nancypat,
Welcome to the Heart Bypass Sparkteam! I'm sorry you've had to undergo bypass surgery, but I'm glad you've found our team. As you may have discovered since you've been Sparking for a few years, we're not the largest team around here... But the others can vouch that I like to say that "we've got heart"!
That's unfortunate that it was so difficult for you to access cardiac rehab. Kudos for you that you made the commitment and effort to go even for a limited time. And that's awesome that your husband went with you!
Another thing that our team members might tell you about me is that I often recommend yoga for various physical and mental stressors. Getting yourself to a regular yoga class would do wonders for your stress level at home, as well as contributing to your recovery from surgery.
I look forward to reading your posts as your recovery moves along,
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NancyPat, hello and welcome!

I agree. A teenage girl under the best of circumstances can be very stressful. Let SP be your outlet. Write it all down to help get the stress out.
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I joined SP several years ago, but haven't been around for a while. I had a surprise triple bypass on 9/11, (no special symptoms, no heart attack) and am feeling great. Rehab is not covered by my insurance, and the travel time is more than the exercise time, so I went until I had added arm exercises with no problem and am now planning to do it on my own. I've lost about 20 pounds since I found out I needed the surgery. My husband was attending the rehab with me, and we BOTH need to slim down. One of the major obstacles will be that we have had custody of our granddaughter, now 13 since January of 2003. She is very angry with the circumstances that removed her from her parents, refuses to work things out with her therapist, and regularly spews venom at us when we apply the limits she needs. We know that she belongs with us, but she does add an extra layer of stress.

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Yes, being the patient is lousy. I'm a nurse. So, knowing and understanding the what and why of everything going on was good and bad, I guess. When I woke up I was aware that my hands were tied down, and I understood why, but it still contributed to the nightmare. So, I was aware, but it still seems like it was a bad dream.....

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Thanks Michelle. I am glad I don't remember the breathing tube. It would have probably driven me nuts. As it is, they nurses told my dad that he didn't want to be there when I was awake becasue "she's mad and and thrashing around and keeps trying to pull the tube out". They finally had to tie my left hand down. They said had had amazing strength for someone who just had surgery. I do vagely remember that every once in a while I would hear "put that hand down" when I tried to pull the oxygen mask off my face (gave me claustrophobia). I would pull it up and turn it sideways so it wasn't clamped unto my face. I also remember the tube coming out - sort of. But I thought it was the next day but my dad says it was the night before. They apparently had a hard time to get me breathing on my own and weren't sure why. I guess all my memories are kind of as if they happened all at once and not at different times over the course of the two days - kind of like a dream. All I know is that if you are going to play that game you want to make sure you are the doctor! Being the patient is the pits.

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Thank you so much for sharing your story, "Mazdawd50". We were just discussing the vague symptoms that are often the way women present with heart disease. Check out the thread "Dodging the Silent Killer".

And, over 2 years later, I'm not sure I've "really wrapped my mind around the fact that it actually happened" to me either! But, take it from me, you are VERY lucky to have no memory of waking up after surgery, and the first day in the ICU! When I first woke up after surgery the breathing tube was still in my throat, I looked at the clock and thought "I'm alive". My very next thought was that I felt like I got hit by a very big truck, and I wished I were dead. There's another thread on this board about that called "PTSD anyone?"

Anyway, I'm glad you're on the road to recovery, and I hope we can help eachother out here at Sparkpeople.

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Hi, glad I found this group. I had bypass surgery on August 18. Still in the recovery process with approximately another month before I return to work. Still haven't really wrapped my mind around the fact that it actually happened.

I was getting weird pains across the top of my shoulders so my doctor sent me for a Treadmill Stress Test. It was successful, but there were some abnormalities in the pictures that my doc wasn't comfortable with so she sent me to a cardiologist. He said everything looked fine but he would continue to monitor me. Than a year later he retired. My doctor still wasn't comfortable so sent me to another cardiologist at the heart institute. That was this past June. He sent me for test - CT Scan/Angiogram and PET scan. They showed there was an area that "might" be at risk. August 11 I went in for an angiogram and didn't come out for two weeks. My LAD artery was 95% blocked. I needed surgery but they didn't want to send me home to wait until they could schedule it in case I had an "incident" (read:heart attack). Exactly one week later I had the surgery and one week after that I went home. I don't remember the day of surgery - past 6:30 am or half the next day. That is why I am having a hard time really coming to terms with it. Anyway, I am doing good and look forward to chatting with all of you.

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You're right -- staying in shape is more like it. I, too, was working out regularly until my diagnosis. Then, a routine EKG prior to a planned minor wrist operation showed up abnormal.
-- The next day I flunked a stress test in less than 5 minutes on the treadmill, was given a loading dose of Plavix and was in the cardiologist's office that same Friday afternoon.
-- Since I was only 41 and had relatively few risk factors, he did not feel that it was inappropriate to wait until the end of the following week, 6 days later, when it was more convenient for me to schedule the diagnostic catheterization.
-- Much to everyone's surprise, my LAD was 95% occluded, and the left main coronary artery roughly 60% blocked as well. The left main can not be fixed in the cath lab, so that meant double bypass surgery.
-- I had to wait 6 more days in order for the Plavix that I had been on for the previous 6 days to get out of my system (bleeding risk).
-- June 22, 2007 I underwent the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery with Left Internal Mammary Artery and Right Saphenous (leg) Vein Grafts.

And, speaking of insurance snafus, at 4pm on the day before the scheduled heart surgery, my insurance company called to tell me that they wouldn't pay for the surgery to take place at the hospital where I was scheduled! THAT gave me chest pain! I ended up having to be admitted through the Emergency Department at the hospital prior to the surgery in order for the insurance to pay.

Anyway, I hear you about the upper body strength battle. It took me a very long time to feel like I no longer had residual weakness there.

You're definitely not alone!

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Not determined to get "back" into shape, but simply to stay in shape. I was completely asymptomatic before my surgery. But having turned 50, and having been stented before, my PCP suggested I go back to my cardiologist and have a stress test. After a few insurance snafus, the chronology was:

August 3: Nuclear stress test. Passed the treadmill part just fine, but the pictures indicated a possible heart attack.

August 10: Angiogram. The possible heart attack proved to be a false positive (as it had in 1999 and 2006), but my LAD was blocked (again) - the only artery that was blocked. It had already been stented twice, the cardiologist did not want to stent the LAD a 3rd time, so ...

August 17: Open Heart Surgery, mammary artery bypass, with an additional bypass using a harvested leg vein/artery. Between August 3 and 17 though I continued my cardio routine, running/jogging/walking approximately 10-12 miles daily. So I was in excellent shape going into the procedure.

Now its really just a matter of building up some of the upper body muscle which atrophied a bit, particularly my arms and chest. But the chest is off limits for weight training for 6 months, so it'll be biceps, triceps, back, abs, and legs. No pecs or delts.

Anyway... glad to be here. Nice to know I'm not the only one :-)

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Hello again! I think I was sending your welcome sparkmail while you were posting here!
You are amazing! I thought I did well, having gone home from the hospital on day 4 after surgery, doing yoga (modified) on day 9, and attending a big family function at the 3-week point! But, wow, you're a tough cookie. Or stubborn like me? Determined to get back in shape?
And oh boy, coughing and sneezing hurts for a long time...
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Just wanted to quickly say hello!! The details of my coronary journey can be found in my blogs from the past several weeks and some nifty pre- and post- op photos of my chest - all which can be found on my SparkPage.

The short story is that I had a double bypass on August 17. Fortunately my heart itself was in excellent shape (I went for 19 minutes on the treadmill during the BRUCE-protocol stress test), it was just my LAD that was 80-90% blocked following being stented twice (1999, 2006). So the good news is that I was discharged 5 days after surgery, was on my treadmill at home on day 6, and walked/ran a half-marathon on day 14 out.

I'm still uncomfortable as the incisions continue to heal, but basically have been given the green light to do pretty much anything I want to (with certain exceptions - which I blogged about yesterday). Aside from the pain when I cough or sneeze (and don't have my pillow to press against my sternum), I'm in pretty good shape now. Having lost 150 pounds before this surgery probably helped too.

In any case, "been there, done that" and now I'm looking forward to sharing stories with everyone else who's been through this and/or may need it soon.

Have a great Friday and weekend!!

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Welcome to our little team growing bigger! Share as much as you feel comfortable with. Sometimes sharing what you've been through does help others who are going through the same thing. Also, tell us a bit about your goals here at Sparkpeople.
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Hi! I've had depression for yrs. But after my bypass it seems as if things have gotten worse. But I'm here by the will of God. I'm new here and I have a hard time talking about my problems but I always try to help others.

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Welcome to the team! We're not a very big team, but I like to say that we've sure got heart! That's a rough time of year to have a major operation. I'm glad to hear that you're taking care of yourself, though. Together, we can reach our goals!
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emoticon Hello all. When i was 31 my Christmas present for 2008 was a Bypass. Im working on my fitness. I have good days and bad ones. I am try to be very careful & stay away from people when sick. I get sick easily. My daily routine includes medicine. Good luck to all. Lets keep dropping the pounds. emoticon

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Hi I'm 24 I've had 4 open hearts for valve repairs and replacements. I currently have a mechanical valve. It's been almost 6 years since the last one.

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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 I quit smoking on top of being over weight. I have been a member of Spark People since December 2007 and I just found this team so I decided to join.

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Hi,
I haven't had a bypass, but had 6 stents put in at 48 two years ago at x-mas. It was 4 100% blocks and 2 80's. The last smoke i had was walking in the er door. I had smoked for 30 years two to three packs a day. I think they must of had me on some real good drugs in the hospital since I dont remember most of it and have never had the withdrawls associated with smoking. Dont get me wrong i still want one even now but the consequences of it are not worth it at all. Anyway I gained 60 pounds over two years. My wife joined this site and got me to do the same. We go to the gym 5 times a week and are trying to follow the nutrition guidelines. My biggest problem now seems to be keeping sodium in line.
Just stopped in to say hello to everyone and good luck.

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Thanks for the welcome, Ronnie! Jim started out doing REALLY WELL, especially when it came to walking. He got up to 3 miles and was outpacing me and his three, large teenage sons! Then he started back to work part time and quit walking, which is frustrating me no end. It's like he reached a milestone and checked it off his list. This afternoon we're going for the first of his many physical therapy sessions. Hopefully that will get him motivated again. He does not have any stents. They were going to do stents after his failed stress test, thinking he had 1 or 2 blockages. The heart cath showed over a dozen in three of his arteries. Fortunately for him, he has a very strong, healthy heart which had created its own bypass to try to compensate. probably the reason he didn't have a heart attack!

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HI, JUST WANTED TO SAY A FEW THINGS. RATDARI, I HAD THAT CHEMICAL STRESS TEST A FEW MONTHS AGO. IT IS A LONG TEST BUT NOT TOO BAD. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU DO. TO DEBRAMN51, THANK YOU. I FOUND MANY GOOD RECIPES. IT IS A BIG HELP. I HAD A QUADRUPLE BYPASS ALMOST 14 YRS AGO. JUST MAKE SURE HE EATS PROPERLY AND EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT. I AM DISABLED AND I MAKE OUT ALRIGHT DOING EXERCISES IN MY CHAIR. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF TOO. ANY QUESTIONS, I AM HERE FOR YOU, AUNTGA.

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elizabeth this is ratdar 1 /ronnie i am glad for your husband but he is not out of the woods yet, he needs to follow the drs orders to the letter. i just got back from the dr and he is going to run a chemical strees test on me in january. he wants to see how my stents are doing. hope your husband does not need stents in him they are no fun i have10 now and still have problems so hope he does well i am doing 2 mile walks a day and eating right, do not eat fatty foods or fast food places. no pizza or fried foods .eat plenty of gren veggies and iron and take his meds.ttyl ratdar1/ronnie

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I have not had bypass surgery. However, my husband did not that long ago. He went for a simple stress test in mid-September and by the end of the month he'd had a triple bypass! The intervening 15 days were so stressful and worrisome, but the outcome has been worth all the stress! He's doing well in most areas and I'm so grateful and blessed to have him still in my life. I'm joining this group so I can connect with other people who have experienced this so that I can better understand my husband's perspective. I hope you don't mind!

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Hi everyone, its been a little while since I posted. Good Luck to the new comers! I got depressed after my hospitalization and put on 10lbs, I think I may be an emotional eater. But decided today was a new day and want to start back on my diet. My timing is brilliant right before the holidays lol. I guess I will spend some time looking up heart healthy recipes.
And to AuntGA go into the recipes and nutrition under the healthy lifestyle tab on top of the page. There is a lot of help there!

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HI, I AM A NEW MEMBER. I JOINED SP IN 2/08 BECAUSE I HAD HEAR ABOUT THE BREAST CANCER GROUP. I HAD A MASTECTOMY 18 YRS AGO. TWO YEARS AFTER THAT I HAD A QUADRUPLE BYPASS. I ALSO HAVE UNCONTROLLED DIABETES. I GAINED ALOT OF WEIGHT DURING THIS TIME. NOW I HAVE LOST QUITE A BIT BUT STILL HAVE MORE TO LOSE. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A GOOD DIET FOR HEART PATIENTS OR FOR DIABETICS ? PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I THINK THIS GROUP IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. THANKS ALOT, AUNTGA.

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Good day to all of you, just signed up for this sparkteam, Happy to see a forum for this type of discussion. I had bypass surgery three years ago, and find it most heartening to hear and read all of your story's, each is unique, but all have one thing in common, heart bypass. I too, gained ten pounds when in the hospital, but they quickly came off in a week. I finally got all the feelings back in my chest, no more numbness,(I can't stand to have any buddy poke or jab my chest, does any one else have this phobia)? I have been using the Dean Ornish reversing heart disease diet for my weight program, and have lost ten lbs so far. I walk three miles a day, and constantly putter in the yard all day. I must say I have more energy and feel better then I did ten years ago. Have now faced up to the fact that I need to loose fifty pounds, (not just because my clothes don't fit, but because I want to be healther person who can enjoy each day to the fullest that it has to offer. I live in beautiful Bellingham Washington, and want to enjoy it for many more years to come---- Ron

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Hi, My name is Michele. A couple months ago I joined Sparkpeople, created the page and then.... did nothing. Getting a new wind up my skirt so maybe I will try hard this time:)
I had my heart attack and single CABG on Aug 25, 2002 at the ripe old age of 33. In March of 2007 had another heart cath and they found a new 90% blockage, the first one was 100% in the LAD. My numbers are all pretty decent. My cholesteral is 131, my bp is normal, but I am fat and although I quit smoking for a few yrs after the bypass, I had a miscarriage and whaddya know, started smoking again. I am also the mother of a special needs child, he is 10 now and some days, it takes all I have to deal with him. He had a stroke when he was born and has epilepsy. I didn't have the classic depression after my surgery until about threee months later when I broke my foot. Couldn't use my arms, then I couldn't walk. That made me very sad for a cpl months, then I was fine again. Also have probs with my sternum. It didn't heal right. I had broken a wire, which they replaced in 2003. But the whole bottom of it still "pops". Sometimes that can be excrutiating. Even a deep breath will make it pop. They were going to remove the bottom part of my sternum and replace it with a sternal flap, but said it could be disfiguring and if I need another bypass in the future, then it would ruin the flap. I know this is long, but I guess it's good to spill it out to the ones who have been there, done that, huh? I have a physical job, but that's about the bulk of my exercise. Guess I need to kick my own butt and get on with losing some of this weight! All will be just fine, I know it! Guess I should say thanks for letting me "pour my heart out"

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WELLI AM RONNIE AND I HAD HEART BYPASS 8 YEARS A GO AND I DID NOT LET MY SELF GET DEPRESS I WAS A SMOKER AND I QUIT THE DAY AFTER SURGERY AND HAVE NOT SMOKED SINCE . I AM DOING BETTER BUT I HAVE 9 STENTS IN MY HEART AND I WAS FORCED TO RETIRE MY JOB LAST YEAR. MY DR SAID THAT MY JOB WAS PUTTING TO MUCH STREES ON ME AND I NEED TO REST MORE .BUT I AM NOT GOING TO LET THIS GET ME DEPREESSED AND YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT . WE DID THIS TO OUR SELFS SO WE CANNOT BLAME ANYONE ELSE FOR OUR PROBLEM SORRY IF I SOUND HARD RATDAR

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10/14/08 3:38 P

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My name is Rebecca and I had bypass surgery one year ago on October 10, 2007. My depression is a lot better, but it is still there. I have also gained 20 pounds since my surgery and I quit smoking in 2005 when I got my first stent. I have no excuse! I'm trying to get motivated again. SparksPeople is helpful.

How is the not smoking going Bypass42?


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9/18/08 12:29 P

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I smoke for 20 years i know how hard it is to quit!!
But the day they open my chest up i knew i was done!!
i went in the hospital weighing 195 6 months later
i am now 240 with 3lbs gone!! I believe i gain weight so much was more of the depression and not smoking!! They say after something as life changing as heart surgery happens a lot of people get depressed! So when you can't smoke it adds to that depression. Chemical changes no nicotine in your system!! I really working hard on getting the weight off again!! Walking is the best get an mp3 play and some inspirational songs on it and get you mind off of smoking you can beat this!!! emoticon

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9/15/08 6:00 P

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Remember the depression is only temporary. I don't know why it happens but there isn't a person I know who had open heart and didn't come out with depression. Just the fact that you are here shows you are positive person and you can beat this. Good luck and feel better with each passing day.

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9/15/08 2:33 P

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Hi everyone. Just getting back to sparkpeople after my triple by-pass on August 1, 2008. Was in the hospital for 9 days, out, then back in a small local hospital with pneumonia for 4 days.

I'm still on oxygen at home and haven't started my rehab yet. I've been very depressed but am now feeling myself bobbing back up out of the "abyss".

I went into the hospital weighing 230 and came out weighing 243! Didn't expect that!!!! I have gone down to 220 mainly because most food nauseates me.

Well, that's where I am now. I hope to be my usual cheerful self soon..... emoticon

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9/12/08 6:22 A

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Welcome Cindy, We are very similar in experience. It may be a long road head but after the surgery I feel I can conquer anything and so can you. remember- BABY STEPS. Joann

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BUG112 Posts: 2
9/11/08 8:50 A

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Hi everyone. I decided to give this a try. Sure hope it helps. I had open heart surgery on April 1st, 2008. Had to quit smoking. Gained another 20 lbs. Now I have about 50 to lose!!!And at 54 years old, its not easy. I exercise 45 minutes a day, and still gaining. So I find myself cheating on the smoking. Not too bad but any is too much. Anyways, good luck to all. Cindy

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8/19/08 7:23 A

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This is a great site. I've only been a member since the end of July and have already gotten a better outlook and exercise routine. my surgery was in april for aoric valve but feel I've improved more in the passed few weeks on this program than my whole re-cooperation period. good luck and don't give up.

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8/18/08 2:25 A

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Good Luck to all who posted they had surgery.
I got released from hospital on 8/11, came home with a PICC line since I will be on IVs for 6 weeks. Spent 7 hours in the ER today, but it looks like things are OK.
I lost 20 lbs since May 1, some of it from being sick, but any loss is welcome. I really need to lose 40-50 more which seems overwhelming. I am hoping to lose 5 lbs per month by watching / recording calories.
I would appreciate support/suggestions/encouragement.

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8/14/08 2:14 P

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Hi! My name is Rhonda. I am 48years old. I had Quad-Bypass Oct. 2005 at 45yrs old. Not doing well at all with managing weight and making my self exercise daily. Have gained all my weight back since my surgery. I really have a hard time making myself eat lots of veggies and fruit. Fortunately I have no cardiac like symptoms. One would think once you have been through surgery like that you really would not go back to your old ways!!! I hope participating on this site keeps me encouraged. Seems very informative!!

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8/13/08 11:19 P

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Hey every one had a tripple bypass march 26 2008
just finsh me crdio rehabe today!!i'm 42 married and i great 10 year old daughter!! I actually gain 50 pound after the surgery in the last 5 months. I have had and still have alot of chest pain so i have been on many diffrent drugs! Steriods!! being the worst
thats when i really gain! now it's time to get it off!! yea!!

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8/11/08 7:48 A

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Hi, how long ago was your surgery? what do you do for exercise and diet. Is the wt coming off slow or fast. Do you still get SOB and fatigued? The dr assures me it will get better but it makes it hard to push through the exercises. do you work? How do you fit the exercises into the day? I will be returning to work shortly and that is my biggest worry. I used to work graveyard shift and always managed to exercise but going on days is throwing me off. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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8/11/08 7:41 A

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Hi Debra, I hope you are home now. I lived with a damaged aortic valve all my life with out knowing it. It wasn't until my son passed that I had a bad ekg and a full work up done to find the reason for what I used to call "no stamina". It was a congenital defect. The dr felt with exercise and monitoring I could live with it for a few more years. But in april it decided to cause me to face "immanent" death as the dr. put it. Though I face another valve replacement in the future I am doing well. Now the fight to lose the wt. starts.

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8/10/08 4:00 A

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Hi I am 57 and have been in the hospital for a week, hoping to go home Monday. This is my 2nd bacterial endocarditis, the first damaged my mitral valve. luckily I have not had to have it replaced yet.
I live with the damaged valve and the restrictions it places on my life, like fatiguing easily, getting short of breath.
So I saw some others posted with mitral valve problems and thought I would say hello and good luck to everyone.


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8/9/08 12:01 A

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Hello, I am 44 and have had open heart surgery to replace one of my valves. My goal is to lose 35-40 and keep it off. I love sparkpeople, and look forward to chatting with you all.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!!!


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8/8/08 9:00 A

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Hi, I am 54 and just had an aortic by-pass. my son was 29 when he died of sudden cardiac arrest. I know first hand the importance of good nutrition and a healthy life style but am finding it hard to drop a single pound despite diet and exercising. So I find myself here. Any suggestions or ideas are always welcomed. Joann

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7/31/08 2:42 P

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Hello! My name is Kristy and I am 33 years old. I have recently had open heart surgery to replace my Mitral Valve and have received two kidney transplants. I am hoping to lose 40 pounds in order to keep from having any further health problems. I am looking forward to connecting with this team. emoticon

 
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