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Old 12-16-2004, 05:56 PM   #1
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Has anyone on this board had a bi-pass

I would like to compare healing rates. I read a lot about skipping heart, pace makers and meds, but I'd like to know if theres anyone out here thats had surgery and healed. Mama Kay

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Old 12-17-2004, 05:32 AM   #2
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Re: Has anyone on this board had a bi-pass

Originally Posted by mamak
I would like to compare healing rates. I read a lot about skipping heart, pace makers and meds, but I'd like to know if theres anyone out here thats had surgery and healed. Mama Kay

I had 4 Bypass 10 years ago at the age of 27 and im still not healed.....I never will be as not only do I have the normal heart scares, but still the pain from the cut down the middle of my chest has never felt normal, wire and bones just dont mix.


Old 12-17-2004, 01:38 PM   #3
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I thank God for you Steven. I felt so alone. Im 3 months post op and on certain days, I feel as if I'm never going to heal. I'm 48 years old. I'm so sorry that your still feeling pain. The pains and scares I have makes me like I will never heal either. My incision is alright except for the sternum. My cardio says that takes a long time to heal because of extra tissue. Do you have problems with breathing? I can walk just a little way and feel like I've run a race. My doctor also explained the lungs have to heal and so do the nerves that were cut. Steven, do you remember what and how you were feeling at 3 months after your surgery. Can you tell me what you went through. It doesn't seem fair for a young person like you to have to of undergone a quad bi-pass. I really feel for you. Mama Kay

Old 12-18-2004, 06:28 PM   #4
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Re: Has anyone on this board had a bi-pass

Mama Kay you are just expecting to heal way too quickly! I tried to go back to work at about 8 weeks following bypass. I would have to stop because of angina and all I did was stand and cut hair. I worked about 3 months and I finally ended up having to sell my business and I stopped working for 6 months. Even then I really wasn't well. It truly took me over 2 years to feel well again. I feel good now and Feb will be my 3 year bypass anniversary. Do you take nitro for the shortness of breath? There are times throughout the day that your arteries kind of close down a bit. Alot depends on whether you had a heart attack and were left with damage. If a part of your heart is no longer functioning you may not get your wind completely back. I was fortunate that I didn't have a heart attack. Even with that I still took a long time to heal.

Old 12-19-2004, 07:04 PM   #5
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Re: Has anyone on this board had a bi-pass

Hi Ninelives, your absolutly right on my impatience. The doctors and nurses never told me how long it takes to get to the feel great mode. They just told how great I'd feel. My doctor told me that I had a heart attack. The morning of the attack, I couldn't breath in, I could just breath out. I was sweating and dizzy. I thought my end of the world was fixing to happen. In the ambulance, they gave me nitro every 5 mins until we made it to the hospital. LOL he tried to get me to swallow an asprin but I couldn't take a breath in so how in the world did he expect me to swallow a whole aspirin. Maybe it melted. Anyway, I was diagnosed with having heart attack and my doctor said I had a previous one 6 months to a year ago. They did the test where they go in through the groin and said I needed a quadruple, which all they did was a triple. I do have breathing problems which really helps me with your post. My breathing level isn't what it was before the heart attack and every once in a while I gasp for a breath. At first it alarmed me but then after the gasp, I felt better. They gave me nitro to take in case of angina pain. My breathing is another big concern for me because just walking a little ways induces shallow breaths, or trying to get my breath.

Ninelives, do you feel better now. Is your breathing back to normal? I don't know if my heart was damaged. They used the vein from my leg to make the 3 arteries. I was never told to take my nitro with shortness of breath but I wasn't told a lot of things. It makes sense to take the nitro when I'm not able to get my breath. One nurse said my breathing was too shallow. Did that happen with you too? Were you able to take deeper breathes without problems? Im sorry. I have so many questions and am scared to death. My heart attack happened without me having insurance so I don't have the doctors to ask these questions to. They gave me meds to keep refilling and now I'm on my own. Any info you share is so much appreciated. Thank you for your recent post.

The reason I was so shocked that you were having breathing problems with your heart attack is that, I had figured that my smoking had caused the breathing attack, and never suspected a heart attack, but sonograms, ct, mri test showed my lungs fine and my heart a mess. That was a shock for me, I expected emphysema, lung cancer, everything except a heart attack. When I smoked, I could walk for miles, dance all night, never had any problems breathing. But now I take shallow breaths and gasp everyonce in a while and can't walk very far without stopping to rest. And I quit smoking.....has your breathing and walking endurance gotten better? I would love to know your day to day ride with your heart attack and treatment. Knowing that you also had breathing problems has made me feel better knowing that I'm not alone. I'd just like to know what to expect. Thanks for your help, Mama Kay I hope your doing and feeling great like all my doctors promised.

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