I started Cardiac Rehab at San Antonio hospital in Upland, CA 2 weeks ago. I now realize why several people that I spoke to
recommend rehab as part of the recovery process. This rehab program is a wireless monitored workout. The nurses do not let your heart rate get to 30 beat over resting or they have you slow down on your exercise. I know that 3 days a week is necessary for me because without going to the hospital to workout, I might not do it. I am walking everyday however. Given the artery bypass graft of my LAD as well as the valve replacement, my left chest is still numb and very tender under the skin. I am most comfortable being without a shirt on my chest. The nurses said that it may take several more months to feel better.
I changed Cardiologist to Dr. Duber, DO., also in Upland. He is the head of the Cardiac rehab program. He saw me on 12-28-10 and told me that my heart was 100% good to go, but that I just had to heal up my chest. I will get another set of blood tests and a post surgery echo cardiogram on 1-12-11. Happy healing
It is now day 20 after surgery. I have not felt like getting on the computer much. The surgery went very well and no surprises.
My surgeon, Dr. Wang performed a artery bypass graft in my left anterior descending and a bovine tissue valve replacement of my Aortic valve. My valve was 90% blocked with stenosis, so it was time. I had the procedure at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, CA. Dr. Wang's staff was very professional as was the hospitals. Just to show you how things can change, I was in the OR just about ready to go under and as I found out later, an other patient with 100% blockage came in the ER via paramedics and I actually got bumped until Dr. Wang saved his life also. I was finally out of surgery at approximately 12 hours after I went in. I would have wanted the doctor to do the same thing for me as well. I actually met the man that "bumped me" in a couple of days. He was 52 and went home in 4 days. I am 60 and went home in 5 days.
Once home, my daughter solved my bed concerns. She arranged pillows so that I could get out of bed my self and did not need the hospital bed. I am trying to walk outside every day and stretch my chest muscles to allow proper healing, but it is quite painful. No pain no gain, right? All for now I'm going to bed. More to follow.
During the past week I developed bursitis in my left shoulder. I could not move it for an entire week. I had an MRI done and it showed some tearing, etc. My internists gave me some Soma and more pain medication and it is starting to loosen up. He said today that he does not think it will need surgery. Only time will tell. I am starting to feel alittle anxious, but I think that is normal.I still have complete confidence in my team of doctors and nurses.
I am looking for anyone with information about the type of bed that is the best for home recovery. I have a water bed now and feel it may be too difficult to get in and out of.
My surgery and hospital stay have been approved by the insurance company.
On 09/20/10 my routine physical turned into a life changing series of events. Heart murmur was worse, echo cardiogram performed. LAD blockage discovered. Bicuspid Aortic valve w/stenosis discovered. Angiogram performed on 09/29/10.
Dr. Ahn set an appointment to see Dr. Wang, Loma Linda Univ Hosp. surgeon.I consulted with a friend of mine who is Heart surgeon in Las Vagas. before seeing Dr. Wang.
The consultation with Dr. Wang lasted 1 hour 15 minutes. After reading Adams book, I was able to have a lot of questions for him. He answered all of them to my satisfaction.
We discussed tissue valves vs. mechanical valves etc. I then emailed Dr. Martin in Las Vegas and asked him what he would do in my shoes as we have similar hobbies.He stated that he would have the tissue valve because he does not want to have to take Warfrin the rest of his life.
I am waiting for insurance approval to have my surgery done on Nov.10, 2010.