Hi all! I am trying to find some exercise guidelines to follow. I am back on the bike riding but not sure of what intensity is permitted and when. - e.g. Prior to my valve surgery I was notorious for riding at Max HR and have trouble stopping myself from doing it now but more because I do not know what is right. Does anyone have any good resources I could refer to in order to guide me back towards my love for intense riding. - My procedure: Valve Sparing Root Aortic Repair.
Got the all clear two days ago by the Dr. Stewart and now understand why my heart rate tends to spike when exercising (I realized I get the same in my leg muscles which is known as the occasional cramp)... So since then calmed down and now back to enjoying my recovery - people actually looked at me funny yesterday when I insisted on climbing the stairs at the airport twice just to help my rehab seeing as I did not have time for the gym. Anyhow feeling great and getting ready to fly back to Hungary and will start on my bike again on Wednesday. I have a ride planned with some friends in France in late June which will be a tough 80 miles with 8000ft of ascent... So got to start getting back into it. Really excited. Oh and I have agreed and now need to publicise it to do a triathlon (or marathon ride) in 2016 with Dr. Allan Stewart in Europe possibly Italy as his wife is from there. Should be fun. - well time to get back home back to my family, back to my bike, and back to work! Just need to pace myself (now that will be tough - I am not known for doing things half way). - look forward to hearing from others about there experience and sharing the challenges and successes of my recovery.
I am getting a bit concerned now about my breathlessness and irregular heart rate. I am five weeks out and feel very strong but the minute I have to go up stairs or walk up a slight slope even at a moderate pace my heart rate spikes... I am seeing my surgeon on Tuesday but this now has me very concerned as while I did expect that I would not be ready to run a marathon or do my 200mile of weekly cycling - I did not expect to face a-fib as a problem at this stage. Anyone else out there with this same experience.... This is quite disconcerting and worrying for me as I am hoping to get back to my old life of long distance cycling :(
So four weeks out and I seem to be doing well. I am walking now 8miles per day and have a great appetite but...
Still generally find my extremities cold ( though hopefully red meat will help improve that) and more bothersome is how out of breath I become from either trying to walk up a flight of stairs or walking a little too briskly after a meal. I was told that will go away in time - just wish I knew how long that will take. I will discuss it with Allan when I see him to better understand the mechanics that may be behind this and how to help move that along.
Other than that the incision is beautiful and I brag that it can barely be seen and from what I can tell the sternum is melding together quickly... Just a strange feeling having this sense something in the chest is pulling the breast bones together and when I put on a tight t-shirt I tend to feel what I think maybe the titanium wires - I assume I will get used to that feeling....
Regardless I think so far so good... Hoping to hear from others whether what I am experiencing is consistent with their experience.