I like your screen name, by the way. Welcome back to Sparkpeople, and welcome to the Heart Bypass Sparkteam. I'm sorry that you've had heart bypass surgery and so have needed to look up our team, but I am glad you found us! We're not the largest team here, but I like to say that we've sure got heart! (my favorite welcoming line, right Big Al?)
Thank you for introducing yourself and filling us in on your situation. I'm sure that you'll get more welcoming and helpful responses like Big Al's. Since you've been involved with Sparkpeople before, I'm sure you know how valuable your fellow Sparkteam members can be. So, browse the posts and I look forward to reading more from you as well.
Howdy from Texas and welcome to the team. I have a feeling that I know where you're coming from. In 1997, I went to the emergency room with a pain in my jaw & neck. They discovered that I was having a heart attack and asked me how long I'd been diabetic, which was news to me. In 1999, I had a second heart attack and they wanted to do a bypass on me at the time, but decided against it due to my weight & age. In Jan. 2009, I had another heart attack (and knew what was happening by then) and they found 4 blocked arteries & did a quadruple bypass. In sept. 2009, I had a 4th heart attack due to congestive heart failure. I was 44 when I had my first heart attack, now I'm coming up on 57 and still here! You can expect lots of blood being drawn for cholesterol and diabetes tests, medication changes until your blood pressure is stable, lots of lifestyle changes including diet and exercise (mainly walking). You didn't mention what your weight is or was or if you had any kind of cardiac rehab. Also, you areat high risk of depression due to major illnesses and the heart bypass, plus lots of change, and work stress. Hang in there and do the best you can with the lifestyle changes. Remember baby steps, take a small step at a time until they become habits. Walk...Walk...Walk whenever possible,with your Dr's approval of course! Congrats on still being with us & coming back to Spark People and finding this team. There is also a diabetes team plus many others that you might find helpful. Good luck on your journey to better health and a long life...Big Al
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 an angiogram and discovered three blockages, so on January 20th I had a triple bypass. While in the hospital they discovered that I'm also diabetic, so am dealing with all sorts of meds. I've been off of work since January 7th and have just been given the go ahead to go back to work, but according to one of my bosses I'll have to be in another department. I really think this is their way of saying, 'gee,you're slightly damaged,but we can't legally let you go, so we'll move you somewhere else'. I'm not going to complain, at least I'll be working. Anyway, I've been home for 3 months and am going stir crazy. Hopefully this team will be helpful, as I have no idea what to expect next
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