I want to thank you all for the kind thoughts and helpful suggestions. I am still having difficulty controlling my Blood Pressure. I think it stresses me when it is taken and I get so anxious that it is up as well as my heart rate. I don't know the answer but I have lost 50 pounds and walk 2 to 3 miles every day. I feel good but still can't get control over my emotions. I have had low readings at home when I am relaxed but not consistently.
Hi Katzen3 again, this is Big Al. If you can, try to stop stressing over your high bp. I know changing meds can cause different kinds of problems as well as reactions. But since stress raises your bp, maybe that's part of the problem. Be sure to talk with your Dr. about the stress you feel & continue to work on your diet and exercise. Try to relax a little, do the best you can for yourself, and the stress factor might start decreasing. Good Luck...Big Al
It is great you found this team and look forward to hearing from you on this and other subjects because of your experiences in the Medical field. I just join the team yesterday and I am glad I found it. Thanks for sharing what happened to you and I wish you well and a full recovery. God Bless You!
Thank you for sharing your experience and I agree with you stress is a big factor in our lives. I hope you will share with me how or what you found to control yours. I need feedback from the team on what works for reducing stress.
Thanks again and I want to help the team with anything that I can by my experience or just someone to listen to them. God Bless You!
Thank you for your posting. It is right on and having folks like you to talk with is great. I find this to help me in my recovery and helps lower the stress of not knowing what to expect as one moves through the stages of recovery. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to further discussions with you and all of our team.
Great feedback! It is great that we can share our experiences because we find out we are not alone. Talking about this with those who have the same experiences I feel will be helpful to me in my recovery. I have had a lot of stress especially in trying to control my Blood Pressure. Once that is done I think i will be much better.
I look forward to being a team participate and hope I can add value to our members. God BlessYou!
Thank you for sharing. I'm sorry you had to go through so munch. I hope you continue to heal and have a full recovery.
I am trying to recovery and know there are good days and some not so good. Once my Blood pressure is under control I will be better. Dealing with ones mind through this trauma is hard and the stress is high. I need to work on controlling this.
Thanks for your feedback and keep up the good fight to full recovery.
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Hi everyone, I posted on the welcome link as well. I am post-op day 15 from a one vessel bypass. I am an extremely unique case in that I am a 40 year old female ICU nurse who developed chest pain at work and was rushed to the cath lab. They found an EXTREMELY rare heart defect where my right coronary artery runs off of my left anterior descending (only a few dozen known cases). The problem is it is both kinked and buried and compressed by both my aorta and pulmonary artery, causing a mechanical obstruction. I am extremely lucky in that I had chest pain and symptoms (usually the first symptom is sudden death in this case). I had a one vessel CABG to bypass the area and was a patient in my own unit (a surreal yet amazing experience). I am very lucky in that my other coronaries are completely clean but I still have to watch my BP and stress (I've been on antihypertensives since I was 30 years old). I feel like I've been given a second chance and want to make the most of it!
s/p CABG x 1 (3/25/10)
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KATZEN3 welcome to the team. I joined Spark People two years ago and I thank them for their medical info. As I had just read about women and high blood pressure and heart attacks. So I knew that I was having a heart attack and was gotten to the hospital as soon as the EMT's could get me there. All my life I have had very low blood pressure until the week before my heart attack. My husband asked the Dr. in the ER how I could be having a Heart Attach when I always eat healthy and exercise. The Dr. said STRESS, so that is what I have to watch that I keep under control. I ended up having a double bypass. By my 6 week check-up I was allowed to go back to work and i have been doing great since. I go to CURVES 5 days a week and work out for 45 minutes each time. Hugs, Sherry
When life hands you trouble slow down and stop to smell the roses. Life is so short, live like today is the last day of your life. Enjoy. My name is Sherry and I am from Erie, PA but live in Ijamsville, MD for the time being.
Hi Kat, welcome to the team. Congratulations on your survival and the positive overall attitude you show because you want to get better. I had a quad bypass in Jan. 2009. Out of the hospital feeling pretty good after about a week or so. 3 weeks later, I woke up short of breath and with some chest pain. Turned out to be MRSA with a lot of fluid around my heart & lungs. Did my cardio rehab during the 2 months I was in the hospital for the MRSA. Got out and went back to work. Well, about the middle of the summer, I figured & Doctor agreed that I could have a few beers, but I evidently overdid it because I had another heart attack in Sept. and was told about congestive heart failure. So no more beer and salt. OK, dealing with that, then my bypass incision got infected by Dec. Back on MRSA medication and got it cleared up, but that's when I hit the wall depression wise. I was already on cepression meds before the first heart attack. But after the infection, I just kind of gave up some. I had quit smoking, quit drinking alcohol, was trying to watch my sodium intake as well as losing weight. I basically let myself go and quit testing my blood sugar for my diabetes, and overate. Gaine 26 lbs in 3 months. My Doc said that I was experiencing post MI depression nd we adjusted my lasix meds. Happy to say I'm feeling better, have dropped 17 of those extr lbs, and am activily seeking counseling. So after all that rambling, I guess I'm trying to say that you'll experience a lot of changes after your surgery, but hang in there because you can and will make it better. Good luck with your journey, though it has it's ups & downs, it sure beats the alternative...Big Al
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Dear KATZEN3, I wish I had seen your post earlier and I would have written you a b (at least a short chapter). Depression and anxiety accompany bypass surgery. My cardiologist is wondeful. Not only did he understand what I was going through, but he told me that he thinks there really is someway that our heart connections with our brain and emotions. I was on Wellbutrin during my recovery, He also told me that it was his experience that his patients seemed to forget everything an pull out of their anxiey after about a year. When he told me that I thoght, "No way." But, by the end of the year he was right. I was much better. I still have lwo points and I still take Wellbutrin, but I am much better.
Please stay in touch. I'm not always good about writing, so forgive me in advance. I do want to be here for you.
Welcome to the Heart Bypass team! We're not the largest Sparkteam here (although growing), but I like to say that we've sure got heart!
Thank you so much for posting your story. It does sound like you were very lucky to be in the right place at the right time. And that's awesome that you're starting cardiac rehab as soon as possible.
Feel free to review the boards for posts that you find helpful or inspiring. My cardiologist did have to adjust my blood pressure meds a couple of times after my surgery as well. Experiencing stress after going through such a major trauma in your life is also normal. Yoga is the best tool I've found for managing it. But you may notice an improvement with cardiac rehab, even.
In the meantime, post questions, concerns, worries to the group and you may find others here who might be able to shed some light on things, having been were you are.
I'm glad you found us too, Michelle, Co-leader Heart Bypass Sparkteam
Looking forward to being an active member of the team and contributing whenever possible.
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 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 to revive me. God was looking out for me and I owe him everything. i know I need to do better following in the Lords footsteps and I will.
I am doing good start rehab next week. Recently having problems controlling my Blood pressure. my doctor (cardiologist) is actively working on the correct medications to get it under control.
My problem is i am stressing out about it that it has consumed my mind. I think this is adding to the Blood Pressure issue.
Did any of you have this Blood Pressure control issue and or the stress? Any advice or help will be approximated. i think I need some help from the team in dealing with the stress an Blood pressure issues.
I also want to help anyone that needs support just let me know.
i am glad I joined the Heart Bypass team. Please let me know how to engage in the team as i am new to SPARKPEOPLE.
Look forward to meeting you all and wish all of you good health.
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