Cardiovascular re-conditioning after Heart Surgery

I'm still trying to arm myself with more information on how my heart is responding to all of the running and cardiovascular training I've been doing.  For sure I feel like the Toperol I'm on slows me down a little.  I'm only on 25mg as insurance against any arrythmias, so maybe i'm wrong and it's just my deconditioned state that causes me to think it's the medicine.  On another note I'm thinking about picking up a heart rate monitor to run with.  I never thought about it before, but I've been reading about a lot of patients using them during exercise after heart surgery.  I never trained with one in the past so using one never dawned on me now.  I guess it would be good to have one, as I don't even know what my heart rate is hitting these days.  During the first month or two after surgery they hooked me up to an ekg during my rehab sessions, and then when I transitioned to the gym on my own I used the heart monitor on the treadmill to gauge where I was at.  Once I started getting back some wind I forgot about monitoring my heart rate.  I'm going to pick one up for use during the next couple months when I'm going to be pushing myself and doing a couple races before the marathon.  My resting heart rate is about 57 beats per minute which is not alarming, but in the past when it was that low I was in peak shape.  I'm not really in that great of shape right now and it's pretty low -- perhaps a result of the Toperol?  Speaking of Toperol I came across a great exercise related discussion on it:  http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Heart-Disease/Toprol-Side-effects-after-one-year/show/253109


2 comments:

Claudia said...

I am glad to see people sharing such personal and detailed medical information. It can really put others at ease. Great post.

Anonymous said...

My son is 30. When he was 29 he was operated on for a
6cm ascending aortic aneurysm. His height is 5ft 7in and the seriousness of an aneurysm is relative to a persons height among other things. My son. Though was put on many physical restrictions for the rest of his life in his case and told there will be more surgeries in the future. You are very fortunate.

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