Rehabilitation from Thrombosis
I have written a couple times on this excellent forum and would just like to ask for some advice on rehabilitating from Deep Vein Thrombosis.
It's been 18 days since I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my Subclavical vein, at the site of the entry of the leads of my Pacemaker. This happened 6 weeks post operation. I initially injected Hibor (Heparin) for 2 weeks and then I was thankfully moved onto Apixaban. I was offered the choice of Warfarin or Apixaban. Warfarin is much cheaper here in Spain, but I didn't think twice about getting the newer and more expensive drug.
I have started my rehabilitation to get back to my work as a Cycle Guide and back on the road. My Physician says it could be 6 months on blood thinners but is optimistic I can do it in 3 months due to my age and fitness. Apart from some light strength and conditioning, I have done 3 one-hour training sessions on a indoor bike, every other day, and keeping the intensity under 70%. Yesterday, I pushed a little harder - to an average of 149 bpm. Immediately after, I felt amazing but then, at night, felt pressure around the heart and brain and didn't sleep very well.
My Physician has said I would have plenty of ups and downs but to monitor my arm and make sure it doesn't swell (which it hasn't).
I will take it easier today and cut back on the intensity on the bike as the coagulation is clearly still an issue.
I have 2 questions:
1. At what intensity can I push the body and is there a point where exercise can be detrimental or even dangerous?
2. I need to get back to work and cycle guide on the road but I am currently on blood thinners. What precautions will I need to take with the increase in risk from internl and external bleeding?
You know you're wired when...
The dogs invisible fence prevents you from leaving the backyard.
I wasn't really self-conscious about it. I didn't even know I had one until around six or seven years old. I just thought I had a rock in my side.