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LINDAM.1
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1/28/13 5:48 P

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Wish I had seen this group before surgery.



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1/3/13 8:24 P

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Hi all doing fine. I weigh around 105 and 50 lbs is a once in a while thing but 30 is not a problem. little by little.



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1/1/13 8:51 P

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Hi Alan,
Thanks for your input and advise regarding what to expect after a by pass. I did not notice your post till today. I am sorry to miss it.
Happy new year and good health to you and oh well some peace and happiness too!

George:-)

Each day is a gift, enjoy it.


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LINDAM.1
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11/4/12 8:41 P

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11/4/12 5:18 P

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Linda, did you take medicine before doing the ablation? emoticon

i CAN And will do this in spite of any obstruction be it man or beast or, friend or foe vietnam12veteran@gmail.com


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LINDAM.1
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10/28/12 7:25 P

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Had to look up A-Fib.
Yes I had it before they went in to fix my valve , which is when they discovered(with the camera) I needed two vein's so they backed out and scheduled me for open heart. Once the valve was fixed the irregular rythem all but went away. While healing a few times it raised its ugly head



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As a result of CABG I have been left w/a condition called A-Fib. My question is does anyone on this team suffer with this condition and how do you aleviate your problems brought about by this condition

i CAN And will do this in spite of any obstruction be it man or beast or, friend or foe vietnam12veteran@gmail.com


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6/15/12 2:26 A

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We have a group of people who were in Cardio rehab. It is once a month, in the same building the rehab was so we get to share face to face. Sharing pros and cons about our surgeries (mostly pros) . We talked about the "un mentioned " emotional prep our doctor's did not give us. It is nice to have a group that either had or is the spouse or care giver of a heart patient.



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5/24/12 3:27 A

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George GYORGYB
You are about a month ahead of me. I think rehab just to get me started exercising with monitors on . Pulse bp 3 times in the hour.



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4/5/12 6:08 P

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We probably all know this but just incase, I coppied this for us.


The Portfolio Diet study combined a variety of foods known to have specific cholesterol-lowering properties, and compared the effect of this to the use of a statin drug combined with a low-fat diet.10 The foods used included plant sterols found in vegetables; nuts (almonds); seeds and legumes, which interfere with intestinal absorption of cholesterol; soy protein, which decreases hepatic production of cholesterol and reduces blood levels of LDL-cholesterol; and soluble fiber, which binds intestinal bile acids, stopping them from being recycled into cholesterol. After 1 month, the Portfolio Diet group showed a cholesterol reduction of 28%, which was comparable to that in the statin/low-fat-diet group. The pharmacist can therefore also encourage clients to follow a dietary regimen that ensures adequate and safe cholesterol control.




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3/27/12 12:27 A

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May last year they went up my leg to work on reducing the size of the heart on one side so the valve could actualy close. The camera was there so they looked around at my veins, backed out and told me I needed a double bypass.
June bypass not even Two weeks.
Took me a while but found a Cardiologist who had had open heart. She said after years she can ignore it most of the time untill she moves the wrong way.



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WELL I AM GLAD THAT YOU ASK GEORGE .

WELL YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO HAVE SOME PAIN AND WATCH OUT FOR WHEN YOU GET A COLD OR FLU YOU WILL HAVE PAIN AND


DISCOMFORT FROM COUGHING AND DO NOT EAT TOMUCH.

I FEEL GOODSOME DAYS AND OTHERS NOT SO GOOD.

LIKE TODAY I AM COUGHING AND HAVE SOME PAIN.

ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS WATCH WEIGHT AND NOT EAT TO MUCH SODIUM

OR FREID FOODS AND EXERCISE EACH DAY AND DO WALKING AND NOT

OVER DO YOUR SELF AND PRAY THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE STENTS

PUT IN LATER DUE TO CLOGS AND LISTEN TO DR.

WELL THAT IS ALL THAT I CAN TELL YOU MY FREIND

IHOPE THIS HELPS AND ASK ANYTIME TTYL OK

"Making Healthier Choices"

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3/19/12 12:42 P

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Hi Alan!

Thanks for your very detailed report on what to expect after a heart operations. It is very good info for me. It gives me curige and hope to live a healthy life.
According to your experience I am on the same track as you are. Happy to be alive and try to live my life to the fullest. This mean looking after my heart, body and spirit.
So far I feel that I am doing a good job.
Thanks again,
George:-)

Each day is a gift, enjoy it.


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Hi George. I had double bypass in August 2009. This was to unblock the LAD for the third time (it had been stented twice, and a third stenting was not an option) and another smaller artery. The clogged arteries were due to being fat/obese/morbidly obese from the time I was 22 (1981) until I had Lap-Band weight loss surgery in 2007. Like Ronnie indicated, we should all be thankful for the 2nd chance at life. Although I have a lot to be thankful for with the double bypass, the Lap-Band really saved my life, because when I went into the OR for the heart surgery, if I had still weighed 300+ pounds, I'm not sure I'd have come off the operating table alive. Instead I was 165 pounds when I had the surgery, only stayed in the hospital for 3 days post-op, and ran a half-marathon (painfully, as my ribcage had not yet fully healed yet) 2 weeks after the surgery.

As to what to expect / pain, etc... long term? I can't speak for the valve replacement because that is a defect (as opposed to a clog, which is not necessarily a genetic defect), but as far as the bypass goes ... I guess we all have the expectation that nothing else will happen. That said, the heart is still a muscle with a whole lot of other arteries attached to it and as I've learned from friends much older than I am (I'm about to turn 53), even with their double-, triple-, and quadruple bypasses ... even with healthy eating and living ... arteries still get clogged. So what to expect? Expect to be a good post-op patient: report even the slightest pains or shortness of breath, make your annual (or bi-annual) checkup and stress test, and stay on top of it. I admit to having my occassional indulgence in fattier foods than I should; but I also do about 2 hours of cardio every day and strength training 3x a week. I drink alcohol. In moderation, it's supposed to be helpful; in excess, obviously not so much.

It's really just about being diligent. It totally sucks when we have to undergo it, but having undergone it, it would be wasteful if we do no do most of the things we're supposed to do to keep our hearts healthy most of the time. The occassional indulgence never killed anyone. Consistently indulging in bad behaviors will.

That said, the only complaint I still have is that when they put my ribcage back together they didn't do a great job. I do have a small hernia in my chest wall which doesn't bother me but does look occassionaly like my heart my actually jump out of my chest. Mostly its that the ribs don't feel like a smooth set of ribs - the ones at the very top seem to stick out more than they did, and the zyphoid (xyphoid) process (sp?), the cartilage-y part of the bottom of the sternum that you're supposed to look for when doing CPR on someone - they seemed to have removed that completely from me. LOL - I hope I never need CPR around amateur good samaritans - I don't think they'd be able to find the proper point to do the compressions :-)

Alan

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!"

"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."

My key to success: Follow *most* of the guidelines, *most* of the time.


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3/17/12 7:08 P

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Hi Ronnie,
I just had my bypass and valve repacement operations this last May, just about one year ago. I feel very well now and I just wonder what to expect down the road? You said that you had your operations about 12 years ago, how did you feel; what did you have to watch out for; what did you do well and what you did not do too well with?
I am wondering if you can give me/us some pointers?

George:-)
"Every day is a gift!"

Each day is a gift, enjoy it.


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HEY ALL THIS IS BADBOY 97 I USED TO BE RATDAR1 BUT HAD TO


LEAVE FOR AWHILE DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES.

BUT NOW I AM HERE AND IHAVE HAD TRIPLE BYPASS SURGERY BACK 12 YEARS AGO.

BUT I STILL HAVE SOME CHEST PAIN AND SMALL ATTACKS FROM TIME TO TIME

BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO KEEP ME FROM LIVLNG LIFE TO THE FULLIEST

WE ALL SHOULD BE THANK FUL FOR GETTING A SECOND CHANCE ON

LIFE AND BE WITH OUR LOVE ONES . I AM COMMITTED TO HELP ANY ONE

I CAN AND HOPE ALL WILL JOIN ME TO GET HEALTHY AND LONG LIFE.

I SEE WE DONOT HAVE A LEADER BUIT WE ALL ARE LEADERS OF OUR

LIFE AND HEALTH SO WE CAN BEAT THIS WITH EACH OTHERS HELP TTYL

"Making Healthier Choices"

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