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LyndaMM
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Open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement and 3 bypasses.

Posted by @lyndamm, Jul 20, 2016

I had open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement and three corinary artery bypasses. I live an hour and half from my clinic. I feel I wasn’t given much education before the surgery as what to expect. I’m at 7 weeks post op and I get so tired so quickly. I don’t know what I should or should not do at this point. I’m trying to walk everyday but it’s not easy as I live in a city built on a hill and finding a flat area to walk is not easy. Can anyone help, maybe tell me about your recovery? I want to start cardiac rehab but they said I NEF to wait till I’m feeling more like myself

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Hi @lyndamm, welcome.
I’m happy to introduce you some other Connect members who have had open heart surgery (or their partners). Please meet @cynaburst @jackj @thankful @lynnkay1956 @callalily74 @jimmorris900 @crhp194 and @jc2buds. They’ll be able to give you more insight about recovery expectations and what you should and shouldn’t do.

I think you’ll find this discussion useful too https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/husbands-open-heart-surgery/

I remember that it took me at least months before I stopped taking afternoon naps. I did start cardiac rehab right around 5 or 6 weeks and I found it very helpful. Can you visit a local mall to walk in where it is flat?

Try walking each day at a mall or around a store like Home Depot. I am about 9 weeks from open heart surgery and i try to walk 30 minutes each day. If I am too tired to do 30 minutes at one time, I do 15 and15. Slowly this walking is making a big difference. I would start rehab right away. It was strongly suggested I start rehab 4 weeks after surgery no matter how I was feeling.

I would agree with Cynaburst & crhp194. The sooner you can find a comfortable place to walk the better! Not only for the exercise, but also it will get you out of the house. You have so much to be thankful for and hopefully you may begin seeing things in a new light that are so easy to take for granted. I know I do. The summer smells of a wooded path and birds chirping away. I take a a few big cleansing breaths and give thanks that I have life and I am loved. So much to be thankful for! Lyndamm, you can do this! Start slow and be consistent.

@cynaburst

I remember that it took me at least months before I stopped taking afternoon naps. I did start cardiac rehab right around 5 or 6 weeks and I found it very helpful. Can you visit a local mall to walk in where it is flat?

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We don’t have an in door mall and our open air mall has lots of steps. My grandson is going to start taking me to his church parking lot that is flat.

@crhp194

Try walking each day at a mall or around a store like Home Depot. I am about 9 weeks from open heart surgery and i try to walk 30 minutes each day. If I am too tired to do 30 minutes at one time, I do 15 and15. Slowly this walking is making a big difference. I would start rehab right away. It was strongly suggested I start rehab 4 weeks after surgery no matter how I was feeling.

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I’ve tried, they just don’t do it until 3 months here. I live in a very small town with just a tiny community hospital, no mall.

@thankful

I would agree with Cynaburst & crhp194. The sooner you can find a comfortable place to walk the better! Not only for the exercise, but also it will get you out of the house. You have so much to be thankful for and hopefully you may begin seeing things in a new light that are so easy to take for granted. I know I do. The summer smells of a wooded path and birds chirping away. I take a a few big cleansing breaths and give thanks that I have life and I am loved. So much to be thankful for! Lyndamm, you can do this! Start slow and be consistent.

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Thank you

@cynaburst

I remember that it took me at least months before I stopped taking afternoon naps. I did start cardiac rehab right around 5 or 6 weeks and I found it very helpful. Can you visit a local mall to walk in where it is flat?

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Hi @cynaburst If you could, please share something about your surgery and the length of time you had valve problems. Was the valve replaced or repaired?

@cynaburst

I remember that it took me at least months before I stopped taking afternoon naps. I did start cardiac rehab right around 5 or 6 weeks and I found it very helpful. Can you visit a local mall to walk in where it is flat?

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I did not have valve surgery. I had a septal myectomy for obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. They did not have to otherwise address my valve.

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