Anyone on RJ have open heart surgery before? I did last September. :D

  • JerBear87

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    Feb 28, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    Hey guys!

    I was just wondering if any of you have also had open heart surgery. I went through it last September because of a heart murmur and deformity I was born with. I wasn't able to do much before surgery because my doctor didn't want me to overexert at all. Which is really hard to do growing up and seeing other guys gain muscle and be able to work out, but I had to sit back and gain weight the other way... I did lots of walking and stuff, but was never really able to reach my full potential.

    Now, even though I'm still recovering, I feel absolutely amazing! I've been able to do so much more, but I still am not able to do a lot of lifting yet. I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif I won't be able to look the way that most muscular guys do, due to stretchmarks and keloids from my teenage years, -- FML -- but at least I'll be able to start on my way towards getting healthier than I've ever been.

    And I have to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life since I got a mechanical valve/artificial aortic graft, but I think it's worth it in the long run. I'm close to being done with my recovery, too!

    So, how many of you have had open heart surgery? Do you feel as great as I do since the surgery? I wanna be around to help people out if they need it. We can be strong for each other, you know? Don't be a stranger, stay positive, and stay positive, everyone! Love! icon_biggrin.gif

    JerBear87
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    Feb 28, 2014 2:43 AM GMT
    I have!

    Hi my Zipper Buddy!
  • JerBear87

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    Feb 28, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    RadRTT saidI have!

    Hi my Zipper Buddy!


    Hahaha! I wanna get a tattoo of a zipper, but it won't work too well on the scarring and I'd have to find a tattoo artist that would even do the job hahaha
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    Feb 28, 2014 10:20 PM GMT
    JerBear87 saidHey guys!

    I was just wondering if any of you have also had open heart surgery. I went through it last September because of a heart murmur and deformity I was born with. I wasn't able to do much before surgery because my doctor didn't want me to overexert at all. Which is really hard to do growing up and seeing other guys gain muscle and be able to work out, but I had to sit back and gain weight the other way... I did lots of walking and stuff, but was never really able to reach my full potential.

    Now, even though I'm still recovering, I feel absolutely amazing! I've been able to do so much more, but I still am not able to do a lot of lifting yet. I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif I won't be able to look the way that most muscular guys do, due to stretchmarks and keloids from my teenage years, -- FML -- but at least I'll be able to start on my way towards getting healthier than I've ever been.

    And I have to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life since I got a mechanical valve/artificial aortic graft, but I think it's worth it in the long run. I'm close to being done with my recovery, too!

    So, how many of you have had open heart surgery? Do you feel as great as I do since the surgery? I wanna be around to help people out if they need it. We can be strong for each other, you know? Don't be a stranger, stay positive, and stay positive, everyone! Love! icon_biggrin.gif

    JerBear87


    You'll be fine. Stay active, lift, eat right. You'll be great.

    I'm 8 months out and can take my BPM to 188 (I'm 53).

    This picture is 8 months, and 8 days from triple CABG. You, too, will live, and even be better.

    Taken this past Saturday.

    068150982505bcebd1b5d6c81f408afb.jpg

    My lipid panel is 100/38, which is fine. HDL could be a bit higher. Statins are terrible for you, and it's imperative you monitor your CK. If your doctor refuses, fire him / her. My bp this morning was 103/65, non-medicated at 82 BPM.
  • JerBear87

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    Mar 01, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    chuckystud said
    JerBear87 saidHey guys!

    I was just wondering if any of you have also had open heart surgery. I went through it last September because of a heart murmur and deformity I was born with. I wasn't able to do much before surgery because my doctor didn't want me to overexert at all. Which is really hard to do growing up and seeing other guys gain muscle and be able to work out, but I had to sit back and gain weight the other way... I did lots of walking and stuff, but was never really able to reach my full potential.

    Now, even though I'm still recovering, I feel absolutely amazing! I've been able to do so much more, but I still am not able to do a lot of lifting yet. I can't wait icon_biggrin.gif I won't be able to look the way that most muscular guys do, due to stretchmarks and keloids from my teenage years, -- FML -- but at least I'll be able to start on my way towards getting healthier than I've ever been.

    And I have to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life since I got a mechanical valve/artificial aortic graft, but I think it's worth it in the long run. I'm close to being done with my recovery, too!

    So, how many of you have had open heart surgery? Do you feel as great as I do since the surgery? I wanna be around to help people out if they need it. We can be strong for each other, you know? Don't be a stranger, stay positive, and stay positive, everyone! Love! icon_biggrin.gif

    JerBear87


    You'll be fine. Stay active, lift, eat right. You'll be great.

    I'm 8 months out and can take my BPM to 188 (I'm 53).

    This picture is 8 months, and 8 days from triple CABG. You, too, will live, and even be better.

    Taken this past Saturday.

    068150982505bcebd1b5d6c81f408afb.jpg

    My lipid panel is 100/38, which is fine. HDL could be a bit higher. Statins are terrible for you, and it's imperative you monitor your CK. If your doctor refuses, fire him / her. My bp this morning was 103/65, non-medicated at 82 BPM.


    Haha thank you for the support icon_smile.gif I've actually been very okay with the fact that I had the surgery. It was gonna have to happen sometime. I'm just glad that I feel so great!
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    Mar 01, 2014 10:01 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWow, you guys are so young to have this type of surgery. I wish you all amazing heart health and a good long life.


    I've met folks as young as 18, that have had valve replacements.

    The youngest I saw in the cardiac unit was a 32 year old school teacher who lost over 40% of his cardiac function in a MI.

    Just a few days ago, Armondo, my friend from 2002, and who worked for SWA, died on the ventilator after having a nasty MI December 27, 2013. He was 44.

    In my personal case, I never had a heart attack / MI, and did not have any heart damage. My procedure was elective for the long term support of my life style, and, it was my very active lifestyle that allowed me to catch, and treat, my heart disease early on.
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    Mar 01, 2014 10:17 AM GMT
    I had one when I was 3 months old.

    I was premature and born at 5 months and 3 weeks. It was enough of a challenge to make it to this world alive and then have the heart surgery after 3 months.

    I believe my heart did not develop fully/well enough and doctors had to fix it. I don't recall the name of the heart condition, but it is some fancy latin name haha.

    Now I just have the scar under my chest, you can probably see it if you look very closely to my pics.

    As for a lifestyle, the docs said I could live a normal life when I was about 10 years old. I work out hard and when I do cardio I am never worried about my heart.

    I am very grateful to those skilled and talented men that saved my life so early in my lifetime.
  • frogman89

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    Mar 01, 2014 10:25 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWow, you guys are so young to have this type of surgery. I wish you all amazing heart health and a good long life.

    I've met a 22 year-old guy who's had a heart transplant at the age of 2. And he's still fit and active and he is cute and athletic. I was very impressed by him. And even though he was a patient at the time we got to know, we kept contact and are now friends icon_biggrin.gif




    And statins aren't bad. They are good stuff. But they are not indicated in this case, so I don't understand why they are even mentioned.
  • JerBear87

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    Mar 01, 2014 8:10 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWow, you guys are so young to have this type of surgery. I wish you all amazing heart health and a good long life.


    Haha thanks, man icon_smile.gif It's pretty common for people to get their surgery when being born; if a problem is found. I was a blue baby; my valve wasn't closing after being born. If the valve didn't close they would've had to operate, but it closed. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get mine when I was younger because my cardiologist wanted me to be older so I would have a full grown valve.

    Anyway, on behalf of all of us that have had open heart surgery, thank you again. And you're so sweet icon_biggrin.gif
  • JerBear87

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    Mar 01, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    CJICV saidI had one when I was 3 months old.

    I was premature and born at 5 months and 3 weeks. It was enough of a challenge to make it to this world alive and then have the heart surgery after 3 months.

    I believe my heart did not develop fully/well enough and doctors had to fix it. I don't recall the name of the heart condition, but it is some fancy latin name haha.

    Now I just have the scar under my chest, you can probably see it if you look very closely to my pics.

    As for a lifestyle, the docs said I could live a normal life when I was about 10 years old. I work out hard and when I do cardio I am never worried about my heart.

    I am very grateful to those skilled and talented men that saved my life so early in my lifetime.


    It's great to see that you have so much positivity! I never really worry about my heart condition, but I do have to be cautious because of blood thinners hahaha

    You were born really early, but at least they were able to keep you with us!

    Haha at least you've had that long time to recuperate from the surgery and, in turn, don't have that much of a scar icon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • JerBear87

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    Mar 01, 2014 8:20 PM GMT
    frogman89 said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWow, you guys are so young to have this type of surgery. I wish you all amazing heart health and a good long life.

    I've met a 22 year-old guy who's had a heart transplant at the age of 2. And he's still fit and active and he is cute and athletic. I was very impressed by him. And even though he was a patient at the time we got to know, we kept contact and are now friends icon_biggrin.gif


    Exactly! If I would've had to get my surgery after being born because of the valve not closing, they would've found my aortic stenosis and deformity of my aortic valve; I was born with a bicuspid valve instead of a tricuspid. But it's good to see so many people survive and be able to have the chance to get healthy!

    Life is good, man. Life is good icon_biggrin.gif


    [quote]And statins aren't bad. They are good stuff. But they are not indicated in this case, so I don't understand why they are even mentioned.[/quote]

    I was wondering the same thing hahahaha
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    Mar 03, 2014 7:49 PM GMT
    Statins have a LONG list of bad effects, and many doctors know them. As recently as last week I had this discussion with my health care team. Anyone claiming that statins are all good is very ill informed.

    Before you make such proclamations...study.

    Then, you'll know what my PT, cardiologist, my thoracic surgeon, my gp, my ortho surgeon, and me...all know. Statins can be TERRIBLE for you, especially if you are physically active.

    You're blowing shit out your ass. Do you know about a CK test? Do you know how statins wreck it, and muscle, as well as actually RAISE the incident of some issues around heart disease? READ, STUDY...you won't look so dumb.

    Statins have been in the news a lot lately because if Big Pharm had their way everyone over 14 would be on them, but, that's marketing. Most any REPUTABLE doctors brings those claims into doubt.

    Statins go part and parcel with heart disease protocol and are a prudent part of this discussion.

    You're much better to eat properly, and exercise, that take a statin. Study this...so you truly won't be so ignorant.
  • frogman89

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    Mar 04, 2014 9:22 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidStatins have a LONG list of bad effects, and many doctors know them. As recently as last week I had this discussion with my health care team. Anyone claiming that statins are all good is very ill informed.

    Before you make such proclamations...study.

    Then, you'll know what my PT, cardiologist, my thoracic surgeon, my gp, my ortho surgeon, and me...all know. Statins can be TERRIBLE for you, especially if you are physically active.

    You're blowing shit out your ass. Do you know about a CK test? Do you know how statins wreck it, and muscle, as well as actually RAISE the incident of some issues around heart disease? READ, STUDY...you won't look so dumb.

    Statins have been in the news a lot lately because if Big Pharm had their way everyone over 14 would be on them, but, that's marketing. Most any REPUTABLE doctors brings those claims into doubt.

    Statins go part and parcel with heart disease protocol and are a prudent part of this discussion.

    You're much better to eat properly, and exercise, that take a statin. Study this...so you truly won't be so ignorant.

    Unlike you, I DO F*CKING STUDY THIS.
    I do know CK-tests and I told you before: Statins only wreck it when you take in fibrates simultaneously, or if it's cerivastatin which is long gone from the market. Otherwise the risk of myolysis is so low that it can be neglected.

    Everyone over 14 would be on them? Who says something like that? That's absolutely ridiculous.

    And you obviously have no clue, when statins are indicated. Their purpose is not to lower cholesterin. They are not part of protocol for EVERY heart disease. Their use is to stabelize coronary plaques, so it won't rupture and cause a heart attack. THAT IS THEIR ONLY INDICATION. And multiple studies have proven that patients with coronary sclerosis benefit from it.

    http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1695817

    http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/34/42/3251.short

    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1216063

    I believe those "REPUTABLE" doctors know the Journal of the American College of Cardiology? Or The New England Journal of Medicine? Or the European Heart Journal?

    YOU better study this so you truly won't be so ignorant. You won't look so dumb.


    EDIT
    There is a study that says the statines impair exercise training adaptation. But "impair" doesn't mean "harm" or "completely stop". And if I were a patient with coronary sclerosis, I'd rather take statines and lower my risk of a cardiovascular incident, than don't take them and and get better results at my training and DIE EARLIER.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109713014034





    I'm really suprised someone who endorses steroids is so harshly against a pharmacon that has its reasonable and well-studied place in modern medicine.
  • basnik

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    Mar 04, 2014 9:44 AM GMT
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  • olden

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    Mar 04, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
    I did mine the old fashioned way - a heart attack and quint bypass at age 65, almost 10 years ago. I am on blood thinners, blood pressure pills and cholesterol statins. I have kept up exercising, perhaps not as much as I would like. I work full time, plus.

    I just had a nuclear stress test and was told that my Ejection Fraction, the effeciency of my heart, has improved by five percentage points. I am not up to the normal 60% EF, but getting closer. (BTW, my Ejaculation Fraction hasn't suffered any either)

    In your case, the correction was purely beneficial, bringing your heart up to full speed, correcting a defect, and not correcting damage (the result of tissue death).

    Follow your doctor's advice, and you should be able to be fully back to all your sports. I had to give up one - SCUBA. Even though I have had Boston Scientific do depth studies on my defibrillator down to 80 feet and have the documents from them on it, I still can't get dive shops to sell me equipment and supplies. Snorkeling still keeps you tied to the surface.

    Us "Zipper Club" members of RJ should form a sub-group because of our "special needs."