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2014-04-06 3:16 PM

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Subject: New heart long before you got going again
Had a mechanical mitral valve fitted about 11 months ago. I tore the strings on the old one amongst other things. To cut a long story short, just been back to the cardio and the man is happy with me, BP is fine, resting HR is 58 no arrhythmia. I been on my bike quite a bit and I can see the improvement month by month but I am still not quite where I want to be.
Anyone here had some similar spare parts fitted and just how long before you could get going properly again. (I understand there is no ways I will be what I was before I just miss the sport , the friendships and the none stop banter on those long bike rides)

2014-04-07 9:32 AM
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Subject: RE: New heart long before you got going again

Glad you're getting better.  Thanks for the update.

It took me around 9-12 months before I felt 100% again after my surgery.   Although I had been doing a lot of walking and light circuit workouts at the gym starting at about 3 months post-op, I had virtually no stamina for a long time.  Took a lot of naps that first year.

After 12 months I started some easy jogging, maybe a mile or so at a time.  I remember the first time I tried going two miles I felt like I was running a marathon.  

I didn't have any previous background in endurance sports prior to my valve replacement, so was starting from scratch with nothing to compare against and no expectations. 

The only conditions my cardiologist put on me was to wear a heart rate monitor and keep my HR in zones 2 & 3 during training.

Best advice I can offer is to be consistent with whatever you do.  Listen to your body and rest when you need to.

Good luck with your training.



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