Returning to riding after heart angioplasty and stent

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotorcycleWriter, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. PeterW

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    Don't be in a hurry. It takes at least a week before you don't feel like you've been run over by a truck.
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    Depends, I was fine the next day. I gave them the two weeks they asked out of respect for the effort that had gone in to saving my miserable hide but I was annoying everyone by jogging around death row the next day.

    I like riding bikes and if that kills me, so be it.
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  2. baka1969

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    I wish my recovery was going nearly as quickly.

    Compared to 9 years ago when I had my first heart attack and stents, it's taking me much longer this time.
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  3. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Wow, this has been a week.....3 bypasses and heart valve repair. Very sore from the surgery though.
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  4. Dan Alexander

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    June about 10 years ago I had a lowside at a track day, hit the cylinder head too hard on the pavement and it levered the tires up off the pavement. Got my bell rung pretty good and broke my shoulder. EMT gets me in the wagon and starts asking questions ... any recent medical history? Well I had open heart surgery in December if that counts I say. His shocked look was a sight to see LOL.

    You'll be fine.

    The biggest WOAH was the first time I sneezed ... knocked me right off the couch.
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  5. Berchunis

    Berchunis Been here awhile

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    That's why they give you the "heart pillow". I still have mine, with dozens of signed Hospital staff messages written on it.
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  6. Dan Alexander

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    never heard of a heart pillow ... time for google

    this??

    deleted the pic it was too large and didn't pertain
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  7. AwDang

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    It’s a heart shapped pillow with the name of your hospital or cardiology group on oneside amd a map of the heart and vessles on the other. You use it for sternum support when you sneeze or cough. It’s necessary for the first month or so past open heart surg.
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  8. Dan Alexander

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  10. Dan Alexander

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    yeah I can see that I used to grab one when I felt a sneeze coming on .. once was enough
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  11. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    You must be talking about this pillow, still hurts though.... and it will for quite some time.

    jacks heart.jpg
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  12. AwDang

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    You’re only a week post-op, it will get better. After 60 days or so it’ll get where you can just use hand pressure. After 90-100 days it’ll remind you something happened. But you shouldn’t be going out of your way to react to it.
    Still on the narc’s? Advil works wonders.
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  13. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Yes, still on the narcs. I can tell you when I've waited a little too long.
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  14. AwDang

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    I looked back in the thread. You’re on day 3 today. Take it easy and heal, don’t be in a hurry and let other people help you.
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  15. Dan Alexander

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    two weeks after I was showing my son how to do some concrete work in the basement, just a bit but it was tough ... boy I'm stubborn.

    About three weeks in I started to get bad back pain, put up with that for a week or so and finally went to the hospital where they stuck a biiiig needle in my back and took a couple of liters of red foamy fluid out.
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  16. baka1969

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    Heal up! After almost 7 weeks after my surgery, I'm just now able to cough and sneeze without the "whoa crap" moments. lol

    I am sitting in the waiting room waiting for my echo cardiogram now. Then off to the cardiologist! Yipee!

    Good luck!
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    Best wishes to all of you in your recovery. I had OHS on February 10, 2016 to have a mechanical mitral valve installed (a lovely carbon-titanium farkle). I waited 6 weeks before driving as per doctor's orders. On day 50 after surgery I was able to do 100kms on the motorcycle as the weather was decent enough and 130 days after surgery I was ripping up the Kancamagus on a two week trip feeling happy to be alive. The Warfarin is no treat but self testing gives me the freedom to travel without much worries. I've also taken to wearing an air bag vest when riding. We don't have any deer where I live and I'd like to reduce the risk as much as I reasonably can. I hope I have many many more miles ahead of me.
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  19. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Well, little setback yesterday. I had a very fast heart rate and ended up at the local ER. I am now home, I went into AFIb for a while finally a change in meds.5 minutes later back to normal. It wasn't my idea of a stellar way to spend my Tuesday evening.
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    AFib is no fun at all. You will probably end up on a beta blocker like Metoprolol which is also not fun but better than AFib and you may only be on it for a few months. Don't be discouraged.