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Wow, thank you for the feedback, I'm sorry I didn't respond to your questions. I'm supposed to get emails on responses but I never do (not even in my spam folder). I have all of the low heart-rate, breathlessness, etc, all sorted out. I did have a few medical conditions, as I still do (kidney surgery (again) on the 23rd.
I came here to update that I reached my goal weight than I QUIT SMOKING and have only put on a few pounds. The few pounds are not an issue though being I brought myself to my lowest normal weight and I actually don't care to be THAT thin. Learning a healthy exercise routine and proper eating has really helped me not gain a bunch of weight and the amount I have gained is tight weight, not flabby which really makes a difference.
My bloodwork for my heart has come back better than ever and all my numbers are in the excellent range. August 12th will be the 1 year anniversary of my heart-attacks. So, in just a few days it will be my 1 year "I survived" anniversary :)
PS: If you too are a smoker don't let anyone tell you the right way to quit. We all have to accomplish things differently. The only right way to do it is simply never stop trying to quit. I read where it takes the avg smoker 8 attempts to quit.
Edited by: M2MOMSC at: 8/9/2013 (11:38)
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As with the others I am not a Doctor or medical professional, but I am a running coach and have worked with many people who have had cardiac events.
You did not indicate what type of cardio exercise you are doing.
What is your exercising heart rate? What type of medication are you taking for your blood pressure/ heart? It could have an affect on trying to get your heart rate up.
Is this just out of breath or do you get a little congested at the same time?
Let me know what type of exercise(s) you are doing,
Narrow down the definition of breathlessness,
Type of meds for the heart situation
Exercising heart rate
and I can give you better advice.
I won't even go into the smoking, because it appears you get that. However it can also be a factor in breathlessness. Not as much as people think, but it is a factor.
I smoked for 31 years and quit 12 years ago. My doctor kept pushing and pushing me to quit. My answer was always the same, every time I quit smoking I gained weight. What he told me was quite an eye opener and shocked me. He said I would have to gain 110 pounds to negate the benefits of quitting smoking. THAT was the deal breaker. I did quit. I gained 50 pounds which I was NOT happy about but my doctor assured me (along with all the others before me who quit) that the weight would come off. It did.
2 months after I quit smoking I discovered (I failed my EKG and subsequent tests but no symptoms) I needed open heart surgery. I had a triple bypass.
I would suggest you discuss which is worse smoking or weight gain with your doctor. And obesity has always been a way of life for me and my family too so that should not be an excuse....Best of luck to you in your journey
Thank you for your opinion. As I said I quit in the past and gained a bit over 20 LBs. That is not a pound or 2. You may consider it a 'smoke screen' but I have to do it in the manner in which "I" am comfortable and that will offer me my best chance of success. Obesity runs in my family so I have always been very weight conscience so if I quit before I learn healthy eating and exercise habits and I start packing on the pounds again, I already KNOW what I will do, go back to smoking so the weight will come off.
Different ways work for different folks. Patches, gum, pills or cold turkey. Your way does not make it the only right way if the end result is the same. Even w/ Chantix they tell you to set a goal date, so I don't think I'm that off the mark in what I want to accomplish first for my greatest chance of success. Also SmokeFree.gov has a START program in which they also tell you to set a quit date, well mine is not a date but a goal. smokefree.gov/qg-preparing-steps.asp
Do I know that I am continuing to hurt my body? Yes, all too aware. But setting myself up for success can give me years of being smoke free where doing it in a way that may be MORE stressful on me sets me up for failure and setbacks and possibly years of on and off smoking. Also did you know that some studies find it's easier for men to quit than women? www.npr.org/templates/story/s
storyId=106461484 Just google it and you will find much to confirm this. Obesity is also a proven heart risk/health risk. So I think it unfair to be judged for my honesty and plan of attack on quitting when support for weight-loss, plans on weight-loss, back-slides on weight-loss are always encouraged. ONE way is not always the right way for everybody may it be weight-loss, quitting smoking or anything else one hopes to accomplish in life.
Edited by: M2MOMSC at: 12/4/2012 (11:39)
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You have received a lot of great advice today and I could not hope to improve on that. I do have one comment about your smoking. Assuming that you really do want to quit, putting if off for fear of gaining weight is a "smoke" screen in my opinion. If you do gain a pound or two, you can take it off in SP. Smoking is a proven health risk.
I was smoking 5 packs a day when I quit in 1963 and haven't touched one since. I could not possibly afford 5 packs a day at the prices today.
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As with the others I'm not a doctor but the bp medicine can make your heart low and make it hard to get up while exercising. That may be why you are on it. I have always had low bp and a low heart rate and borderline cholesterol but after having a cardiac event (they were sure how to classify it) and finding my enlarged aorta they put me on both blood pressure medicine and cholesterol medicine. The BP medicine to keep my hr low when I exercise and the cholesterol because they said it helps heal the heart. As far as the breathlessness you need to ask the doctor about that.
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I'm not a doctor or professional anything, but I too just started exercising. My resting heart rate has not changed.
I would think the heart rate change may be due to the blood pressure medicine. Not everyone can take every drug.
If I were you, I would definitely change doctors, and maybe in the mean time, talk to a pharmacist. They are very knowledgeable about drugs and can probably tell you what is going on.
Good luck. Please keep us informed about your situation. I'll be praying for you!
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I am not a doctor, however, I do not think that first starting out with exercise it is normal to have breathlessness or the low heart rate. As far as the heart rate, that may be explained with some of your meds. When you mention breathlessness, does this occur prior to working out or after? If you are not comfortable with your doctor, perhaps you should find one that is easier to communicate with. I would be sure to mention all of your symptoms when you go to the doctor in January.
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I'm hoping I can get feedback from someone being this is a group for heart health. I'm brand new to working out (approx 1 month). I have never been over-weight but I am "mushy" from never exercising. In August (2012) I had 2 heart attacks in 1 day and I had 2 stents placed. I'm a 44 yr old female. I have recently started working out. Before I started working out my resting heart rate was between 72 and 76. Well, lately my resting heart rate is 54-59. I know that is not abnormal for an athlete but as I said, I'm far from an athlete as I can't even manage much over 10 push-ups or 10 sit ups in a minute. I also find when exercising it is very hard to keep my heart rate up even though I can barely catch my breath. I feel like lately I'm able to do LESS exercise than when I started due to losing my breath.
More 411. I am a smoker w/ hopes of quitting after I get in shape. I quit smoking once for a year and started packing on the LBs so want to be in better shape before I quit. I have cut back though. My blood work when I had the heart attacks showed that my LDL was actually normal but my blood pressure, HDL, Iron, Potassium and glucose was all low. Actually, my BP stayed so low that they could not give me anything to relieve the pain of the heart attack that I was having enroute to the other hospital for the stents. They have not done any follow up blood work on me since. I'm also on medications (though some don't make sense to me like the one for BP and cholesterol being those were already low). I'll post a list of meds if anyone thinks it will help.
Is the breathlessness and low heart rate normal when 1st starting out? My next cardiac appointment is not until Jan 2013. I'm hoping someone here can tell me if they experienced such or should I talk to my DR. I really don't care for my cardiac DR for he treats me like any concerns or questions are irrelevant. (An example, I was avoiding some OTC meds because of the warnings if you have heart conditions (sinus meds) and when I asked him what was OK and what wasn't; I got an impatient,"if a label says ask your physician 1st consider me asked". I think he is upset w/ me because I changed my mind about an experimental heart attack predictor device that he wanted me to participate in.
So any feedback? Thank you in advance.
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