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9 days post-op on open heart surgery


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  • 9 days post-op on open heart surgery

    Happy to say that I underwent a double bypass 9 days ago, and am recovering at home, now. Spent 2 days in ICU and was discharged 2 days after that, at which time I was up and walking.
    Not that I want to say this is an easy procedure to have. It knocks the stuffing out of you.

    One thing that surprised me, is that prior to the op, my BP without meds was 160/100. A quarter of metoprolol morning and night was enough to fix it. But now, my BP without meds is 110/70, not bad for a 56 year old male.

    The hypertrophic problem I also have, is showing up, I think, in that when I go to lie down, I can feel my pulse shaking my whole torso slightly. However, I am really happy that blocked coronary arteries are now operable.

    I'm a writer, so I am writing a care handbook from the patient's point of view, for those who will have to undergo open heart surgery.
    I found meditation and hemisync music both useful in the pre and post op stages. The final week of waiting for the procedure can be pretty frightening.


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    Re: 9 days post-op on open heart surgery

    Dear Clive,

    Thanks for sharing. I am glad that your operation was a success. I hope you continue to feel better.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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      Re: 9 days post-op on open heart surgery

      Clive, glad to read your good news. Good luck with the book. I'm sure your first hand experience will be able to benefit many in similar situations. Linda


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        Re: 9 days post-op on open heart surgery

        Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery! We are all happy your procedure went well!
        Best wishes,

        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
        Currently not obstructed
        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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