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Hello. Iím glad I found this site. I received so much support and assistance in the diabetes message boards so I hope I can enjoy the same benefits from heart related message boards.
A little history. I had a quadruple bypass in 1991 and I felt quite good for years. Of course I was on the many pills a day regimen. In 2008, we moved from Washington State to Arizona and since my wife was experiencing some heart anomalies, we decided to get both of us checked out. They ended up installing three stents in her heart and tried, but failed, to install stents in my heart. Long story short, I had my second bypass in 2008. Since then it appears by condition has somewhat degraded. I now carry nitroglycerin with me at all times and have needed to use it on a few occasions.
On a happy note, my weight loss along with more physical activity has resulted in being taken off several meds and reducing others.
Now you have my story and Iím sticking with it.
"It is easier to raise good children than to fix bad men" by Fredrick Douglas.
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Glad to hear you are recovering well! Welcome to the forum! I will be 9 months post- CABG x 1 on Christmas Day for an anomalous right coronary artery. My surgery date was 3/25/10. I wasn't able to find much cardiac rehab info on here but my doctors pretty much told me to go for it and just listen to my body and keep my HR under control (under 160s at first, I'm 40 years old). I wore a Polar HR monitor when exercising for the first few months which helped but then I found it more of a hinderance and instead listen to how my body feels. I initially started walking 6 days/week the day I got home from the hospital and then added the ellpitical and stationary bike at post-op week 6. I tried some light jogging at that time but it didn't feel good and my HR would jump up way too high (even on my beta blocker). I was able to start swimming at month 5 (hurt WAY too much before that) and am now jogging (ran a 5K in October).
Another great website I found is: www.cardiacathletes.org. It is moderated by a cardiac rehab guy and has some great information.
Good luck and since this is a re-do you know the usual recovery time! I'm still sore (scar is painful) but feel good otherwise.
s/p CABG x 1 (3/25/10)
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1st time user. (73 year old male)
2nd CABG (3) on 9/22/10 (1st was a quad in 1997).
Finally somewhat back to norm as of this week.
Looking for good post-cabg fitness (rehab) outlines.
Anything available here on SparkPeople?