New Pacemaker CRT-P excercise concerns as well as aches and pains!!
Hi Guys Very new to this game so treat me gently please!
Im 78yrs of age,and very quickly is that over the last 12 months I have endured being told I suffer from severe heart failure in the shape of left venticular block.PLus a great deal of work as follows.
I had an emrgency trip on the 14th Feb 2018 to have stent fitted to my main artery(which Im told saved my life).I then went on to have a series of tests,some such as the cardio MRI 90 minutes sqeezed into a small tube,very difficult especially regarding bodily functions.
On the 31st Octiober 2018 I travelled 60 miles to have a 3hr op which proved unsuccessful.
Then again on New years Eve 2018 I had another 3 hr op again which was unsuccesful,followed by an appointment for another op on the 9th Jan 2019,on this day I was taken down met by the anaesthic team plus the surgeons,then sat for 4 hrs outside the op room,until I was finally told my op had been cancelled due to emergencys.(Cant argue with that)
Finally I had another op on the 23rd jan 2019 this time under a full general which took 2 hours and now sport a new shiny pacemaker CRT-P Boston VISIONIST X4.
After all of that I have spent the last 4 weeks bruised from head to toe,worn out and very sore,I'm constantly scared by sudded chest pains etc which Im told by my clinic are muscle pains namely my Heart reacting to all of the highly invasive work carried out over such a short period of time.Even my consultant Ed Davies said "I was wondering if I had put you through too much!"
Before I go on (Boring I bet!),I should say that throughout all of this I never lost faith in my cardiac team,and have since been plugged in to show my pacemaker is working a treat,my meds which include apixaban Im gradually getting used to.
I should also explain,that initially my lack of mobility, and none use of my interests, was put down to arthritis,this continued for almost 4 yrs with very little outside activity.So much for GP's!!!
Now im feeling more my old self the arthriris symptoms are a thing of the past.I have the full back up of my pacemaker clinic plus a visiting cardio nurse with rehab promised in the future.
Im very keen to obtain some activity,and my goal is to get back into my bike saddle,and pick up my fishing and walking the dogs on our lovely sandy Devon beaches.So can members of the Forum who have had the patince to read thorugh all of this,first explain to me what pain/aches etc I should ignore as part healing recovery process as oppossed to those that pose a threat.?
equally when can I start to exercise and what exercise can I do prior to supervised rehab?
The time has come with all the expense that has been expended upon me, as well as getting the best of equipment and meds, to at some point soon, put it to the test and see what fresh air feels like!
I appreciate I have been a bit flippant in parts,but smile and you get a smile back,cry and the pity wanes very quickly.
Any advice or comments I can assure you I will take on board and with you guys experience, act upon as advised..Thank you in advance.