Golfing, Heart Surgery And Dennis’ Hole-In-One
I stunk at golf before heart surgery.
Really, in thinking about it, that might be an understatement.
Now, it is several years after my open heart surgery.
I STILL STINK AT GOLF!!!
But, that is not the point I’m trying to make. Here’s the point… Many patients head into heart surgery in a world of uncertainty with questions like “Can I do this activity post-surgery?” or “Will I be able to do that after surgery?”
All of these doubts are completely rational. I did the exact same thing when I was rolled in for my aortic valve replacement opeartion. But, I’m here to tell you, after a double heart valve replacement, that you can fully recover and you can restore your body to re-achieve whatever you set your mind too.
If golfing is your thing before heart surgery. Well, golfing should be your thing after heart surgery.
Here’s a quick story about Dennis. I met Dennis during my three-month cardiac rehab program. Originally from Scotland, the great-spirited Dennis is 72 years old and full of energy.
One day, Dennis walked into the cardiac rehab (at Torrance Memorial Hospital) and blurted out, “I went golfing this morning! I shot a HOLE-IN-ONE. My first time in over fifty years of playing golf!”
We erupted in encouraging shouts and applause for Dennis and his amazing accomplishment.
Trust me and Dennis… You can fully recover from heart surgery.
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.