Feeling good, back to working, exercise 5 times per week, no pain, no dizziness, feel strong and healthy again... only problem is heavy breathing when climbing hills or high grade on treadmill. I thought my breathing would be better by now. I sound like a train going uphill. I am working hard exercising but feel like I have plateaued. Otherwise I feel great.
For those still experiencing pain in chest area if incision.. I had some up 8 weeks, cardiac rehab helped a lot. For those still experiencing AF I really feel for you that was on of the worst things to go through after surgery. I pray it stays away after they remove some of my medications.
At four weeks I was feeling human, at 6 weeks feeling good and getting stronger, at 8 weeks feeling great, took a vacation to Hawaii and then went back to work travelling to Chicago. Now at ten weeks I look forward to reducing my medications and returning to all the activities I love by week 12. Hope all of you in recovery stages are progressing as well or will be soon.
Erin... thanks for the feed back on the wires. It provides some comfort to know others have wires left in place...hopefully with no downside. The PA said pulling the wire might further damage the heart. Thanks
Really feeling much more human again, gaining strength each day. Walking 5 miles per day on flat ground. Still out of breath going up hill or stairs. Any body know how long this lasts? Also in the hospital day on day 4 the PA came in and removed some tubes and tried to remove some wires attached to my heart. He said one wire would not come out and would be left in. Anyone know how common this is. Does it cause problems later? Any consequences?
Feeling really good today. My A fib went away by itself about 4 days ago. That meant a big , big difference in how I felt. Pulse dropped to normal. Much strength returned, breath improved greatly. Still some swelling in the feet. I am able to walk 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours each day. Doing some stationary bike each day also.
Well wishes to all just getting started with this process.
Out of the hospital, back home. Trouble with A-Fib. and Doctors have not figured it out yet. Tried drugs and electric shock. Only a temporary movement to normal rhythm then back into A Fib. Trouble retaining water and feet and legs bloating. I have been told this is not unusual and goes away over time. Thank God for getting me through the fist post OP week. Very little pain but difficult time dealing with all the ICU stuff. Best of Luck to all those having surgery this week. Be strong and hang on.
Four days out from the angiogram procedure and the pain is significant in the groin area where they placed the devise. Feels like someone kicked me there. I had expect the pain to diminish by now. Waiting for the surgery next week is difficult. I just want to get it over. Feeling frustrated and anxious. Probably typical I guess. Best wishes to all sitting in a similar situation.
I had my Angiogram yesterday. It was more of an event then I had expected. The whole process took several hours. The results were also unexpected. It confirmed I needed aortic valve replacement but also showed I need double By-Pass surgery as well. It was initially very disturbing and overwhelming. I'm accepting my situation today. Surgery next week.
I have an Angiogram tomorrow in Richland WA and the surgery next week at the Portland OR Adventist Heart Center. Nervous now but looking forward to being 2-3 weeks post surgery and recovering well. Wish you the best also.
Last week I had my first appointment with my surgeon in Portland. Liked him a lot and had a good visit. I decided to go ahead with aortic valve replacement using a tissue valve. I will get an Angiogram Tuesday next week and will have surgery on June 19, 2013. At this point I just want to get it done and start my recovery, and the waiting is stressing me.