Returning to riding after heart angioplasty and stent

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

  1. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile Supporter

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    I also had the coughing issue.
    Turns out one of the drugs prescribed (Lisinopril) has a side affect of coughing.
    Got off the Lisinopril and no more coughing.
    You may ask about that.
  2. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Funny you should say the comment about feeling like a truck hit you. I awoke on the 2nd night out of ICU about 2:30 am thinking I had been in a big truck wreck in St. Louis, and I had the nurses looking for a baby...….(I used to drive a truck and have been thru St. Louis many times)……..next night it was something with the lottery, then we finally figured out the Tramadol was giving me hallucinations. But yes, you feel like a truck hit you.
  3. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I had to change blood pressure medication, I had developed an allergy to Lisinopril (been taking it for 20 years), I don't know if you are taking this but if you are, you may have the same problem, I was coughing my head off.
  4. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I rode to church last night, 45 miles each way. It felt good. Dr visit yesterday as well, I'll see him in 3 months. Monday is my 59th birthday, I'll be riding to breakfast with a few of my friends. I guess I can call 2018 a successful year as I have survived 2 close calls with my health. I already have a lot of riding planned for 2019 including a couple of rides down in Baja California.
  5. baka1969

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    Mazel tov! I'm glad your recovery is going so well. And you're riding again already.
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  6. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Merry Christmas to you all, looks like I will survive to see 2019. Still been a bit of a struggle, but nothing too bad. My 2019 is shaping up to be a fairly busy riding year. If all goes to plan, I have a dual sport rally end of Feb out in West Texas, then a DS rally end of March, a trip to California for a wedding in May, I'll drag my GS out there and spend a few days with my wife down in Baja (with a return in Nov for the big Baja race). By the time middle of the year arrives I hope to be in good form for the rest of the year. My advice to you is to eat your veggies and maybe you can avoid getting clogged up arteries. I promise, you won't like bypass surgery. Enjoy the holidays and see you in 2019. Some people get their kicks by lifting the bottle, I get mine by twisting the throttle. Adios folks.
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  7. Berchunis

    Berchunis Been here awhile

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    Just take it easy for a while and get your strength back. Do avoid salt, sugar and any foods that can convert to sugar: rice, potato, pasta, etc in moderation. Get that blood sugar level and your weight down.

    And, Merry Christmas, my friend.
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  8. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Howdy folks, just dropping in to do a little update. Been back to riding for a few months. I have been going to cardiac rehab for a few months as well. I feel pretty good. April 1st I had a follow up echo cardiogram to see how everything is doing after the heart surgery. I got the call today that there is still something going on. My ejection fraction, the amount of blood that the heart pumps out did not improve. Normal is 65%, I am still at 25%. Not good. I go to another specialist in about 6 weeks. I figure the valve repair didn't work. The positives are, I feel good, there is no danger of a heart attack (bypasses fixed that issue), I am pretty much back to full activities. No shortness of breath and no apparent weakness from the EJ. So that is where I stand right now. I may either have a valve replacement, or a pacemaker/defibulator installed to increase the electrical activity to make the heart muscle contact correctly, or they may do some drug therapy. I'll update again when I find something out. I feel great though. I will still be riding, and I'll be down in Baja California in mid May.
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  9. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    +1 Sandman, that rehab is important.
    I've been through much of the same, twice.
    EF as low as 14-18%, etc., but now just over 30%, and I got the pacer/defib. a year ago. If you can work it out with your insurance or out-of-pocket, see if you can retain access to your cardiac rehab facility and use it like a gym going forward-- it's popular where I go and did it ($25.00 a month). I stayed on and go 2-3 times a week and don't have to hook up to monitoring, but can use the fitness equipment and stuff, plus it's comforting to know the staff knows me well, has my medical file and they are a capable bunch if for some reason I hit the floor.

    Hope you have some good success too. Shoot me a PM if your nervous about any of it.
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  10. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I have watched a lot of video to give me some idea as to what may be the fix, but of course I still have to go to the specialist. I am more educated about the valve repair so the surgeon will have some questions to answer. That wont be until June 3rd, so in the mean time I will continue to ride as I feel really good. I have trip set up to drive out to southern California, close to the Mexico border. I am taking the BMW to go ride down in Baja for a few days.
  11. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Well, I found out a little more about what's going on with my heart......looks like I have an electrical problem (left bundle branch block). And a timing problem. So next doctor will enlighten me as to what needs to happen (pace maker/defibulator). He said the valve isn't a major issue, but still may need attention at a later time. Good news is that I feel really good. Hallelujah anyways! So I'll know a little more next month, no sleep being lost on this. Headed to Baja California in about 2 weeks for 4 days down there.
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  12. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Well it looks like I will be getting a pacemaker/defibrillator in the near future. I have a timing/syncrination issue with my heart that may cause sudden death. But isn't all death sudden? I am feeling really good, and this is supposed to feel better after this. Get on your bike and ride, I just got back from 4 days riding in some rough stuff in Baja California.
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    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Welcome to the club.
    I've had my pacer-defib combo about a year and some months. No quirks or false "hits" from the jump pack side of things at all.

    I put off getting one for several years cause I heard of people frequently getting "popped" by theirs and i thought it would be the end my riding. It's been a positive experience, i have days where i don't even think about the installed hardware, etc.

    Ride safe!
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  14. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Thank for the encouraging words. The plus side is that I will feel even better. It should not hinder me at all.
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  15. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Surgery will be July 23rd, why so far out. I have a riding trip in early July and will not be released to ride by then. And I have already paid for it (a group of us rent a house for a week). So I'll ride and enjoy the mountains of Colorado then come back and have my surgery.
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  16. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I got a defibulater/pacemaker today as this is the doctor recommended for my out of synch heart.
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    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Welcome to the club Sandsman.
    Do you have an opportunity to attend cardiac rehab in six weeks or so?
  18. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Don't think I'll need it. I return to the doctor in a week for a finally tune.
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    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I'm already planning a 2021 Alaska trip with a buddy. All the way to Deadhorse, my buddy is looking at RE Himalayan for the ride.
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  20. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I asked the doctor when I could ride again, and he kiddingly said "never"......he must have seen the look on my face, because he quickly said "in about 2 weeks".