Been going to my cardiologist once a year since my double bypass and aortic valve replacement three years ago.
Went to the ER with some minor left chest discomfort. They made an appointment for me to see my cardiologist last Monday. He ordered a Heart Cath for yesterday, thought he might need to put a stent in another area or there might be some other problems.
Gave me the all clear yesterday afternoon, said no problems. Due a follow up in a month along with a Echocardiogram. Just to be sure everything is work ok. Is this a normal follow up?
Finished up the Heart Cath yesterday afternoon, said all was fine heart, veins and double bypass area. That was sure good news.
One year, one and a half months out now from my aortic valve replacement and double bypass and doing what I think is great. Been doing a lot of walk on the ranch, plus 8 to 12 hours a day working. Did my first Canyon hike this week end in Palo Dura Canyon 2nd largest Canyon in the states.. Still heading to hike the Red Woods or the Grand Canyon this spring. Wearing a 25 lb back pack now on my hikes.
Update. Now just past 8 months, feeling great, been back to work on the ranch full time for 7 months now. This week went on Craig's List and bought a full set of weights for weight lifting. Doctor said I could start slow and build back. Looking forward to these work outs. Also heading for 15 miles per day on my walk abouts here on the ranch. Planning adding in a bit of jogging in about 30/40 days depending on how I am feeling. Planning on 15 minutes stretching, 45 minutes weight and the balance of up to 2 to 3 hours walking. What do you all think about this exercise program after my heart valve replacement and double bypass?
Headed to the six month mark on the 20th of July. Feel really great, working full days here on the ranch. Even got in five miles worth of walking in Saturday. Have dropped five notches on my belt and I hope headed for my waist size at 32/34 inches by my 12 month mark. Still getting a lot of support from family and friends which is great. I don't ever for get the Lord had his hand in this. It is great to be on the road to full recovery.
Been five months since my aortic valve replacement and double bypass. Have returned to full ranch work, walking 2 to 5 miles a day. Working 10 to 12 hour days. Feel like I am in my 20's again. Dropped 5 notches on my belt as well. No more doctor visits check up now for a year. All is well and good.
Just to let you know I am at the 8 week mark now. Have returned to full ranch work, lifting up to 50 lbs of feed grain and still walking a mile to two miles an evening after work. No pain or discomfort to speak of. Heading tomorrow to see the rehab people at BSA. Don't know what they will be able to due for me as I am feeling really great. Still have a bit of a cough from the tube but the docs are telling me it will go away. Anything I should watch for at this point? My docs keep moving my appointments out for my check up. Just completed my yearly physical and that Doc said every thing is looking good. Still dropping some weight. Have about 50 lbs to go.
I am a 70 year old maIe, I am 2.5 weeks pass my aortic valve replacement and double bypass. I was off pain medication the day after the surgery. 1.5 days in ICU and 4 days in step down cardiac care unit. Release from the hospital 1 day later. Total of 6.5 days in hospital. Suffering no real pain, some discomfort in leg area, but no swelling, redness or heat in leg area. Chest incision looking good as well. Cough is all but gone now. Vitals they say are in normal range check four times a day. Taken me off of blood pressure med and CPAP Machine.
Walking a thousand steps a day out doors and slowly increasing each day. Still doing breathing exercise once or twice a day.
A couple of questions how long till the sternum is healed and how long till I can expect to return to full ranch duties.