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2 days on from Angiogram

So...I have had my Bisoprolol increased to 2.5mg after my Angiogram and being advised that I need a CABG. I don't know if I am tired due to the emotional impact of the news or the Bisoprolol as my resting heart rate drops to around 39bpm when sat relaxed. I spoke to the cardiologist about the concern I had about upping this med and how my HR would drop he said if you have no symptoms you will be OK. I am still feeling some minor chest discomfort from the procedure. I really feel anxious, despite making efforts to remain positive.

Thanks for finding the time to read my post

Cube

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My heart rate dropped dramatically taking a beta blocker and found after my CABG that I was actually allergic to them 39 BPM seems very low . I don't take one but luckily after my bypass my resting heart rate is about 64 which is good . I'd ask for a second opinion if your not happy with anything . You know your own body ...

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Thanks for your reply Allyboy.

As I type this reply its 50 which I am reasonably happy with, I have had a good resting heart rate due to the amount of CV and Hiit training i have done, thats why I brought it up.

A quick question.

How are you after your CABG, Okay I hope?

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I've had 2 the first one went wrong instantly due too finding there was a genetic issue with my Arteries . And having used the arteries at the back of the chest wall it was never going too work . They done a second 20 months later using a vein from my left leg .. and touch wood have been trouble free for 18 months back working etc which was something they thought I wouldn't achieve . I think ha be the not giving in attitude helped between having a heart attack at 40 and 2 bypasses by 42 I'm obviously meant too be hear so i live life and don't mope about . How are you generally after your CABG.

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Oh, I have just found out I need one!

Literally 2 days ago, up and down at minute.

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I'm sure it will be fine I was 2nd time round sitting up in Intensive care eating soup . The only thing I can say when the physiosask you to get out of bed and do some walking round the corridors etc do it .. it's amazing the good it does you . You'll be surprised how well you bounce back . I had a goal of going too my friends 50th birthday party which was 9 days after my op and I managed to do it .. best of luck and I'm sure it will be life changing..

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Thanks my friend, I will heed your advice.

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All the best . And hope to hear of your progress .

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Thanks I will get my Turnip sorted out and post my progress😎

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If it's any comfort, I had a quadruple CABG in 1999 and have made it to 75 with most guns blazing. You'd be surprised about how many people have had this procedure which isn't quite as routine as having your tonsils out is a regularly performed operation with an amazingly high success rate..

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Thanks for your reply it really is welcome. I guess I amjust being a Wally. I keep reminding myself that I am fortunate to have had this problem identified. I am just struggling at the moment with the Betablockers as they

have really dropped my heart rate and I feel knackered. I am going to make the effort to go to the gym today and give my head a shake. It's just all a bit surreal.

Cube

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Hi there Cube...thinking of you and looking forwards to reading your future posts on your recovery. keep strong.

Sandra

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Thanks Sandra

Had a lovely chat with a guy at the gym today who had a Double CABG and oh my what an inspiration. I am not sure of his age but we have chatted many times in the past in passing but not much since his op.

He is older than me and has had his health problems and nowhere near the fitness level of myself and I dont mean to sound conceited, I am just trying to build up a picture.

He is a different guy health wise, he looks so good and I felt so happy for him. He took the the time to talk through his recovery and seeing him now looking fresh and full of energy was brilliant. He gave me a few tips and pointers which boosted my confidence.

Echocardigram done today and my heart was pumping well, coupled with 20k hill blocks on the stationary bike in 40 mins made today a good day!

Hope your day has been good and have a nice weekend

Cube

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That sounds like a great contact to have. I love hearing of stories of people doing well post heart issues, keep them coming :) And good luck to you too x

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It was a real boost!

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Hi Cube, I had a quadruple heart bypass 18 months ago. It was a bolt out of the blue to me as I've always been reasonably fit, doing Karate for 20 odd years ,running and generally being active. I take 2.5mg of Bisoprolol twice a day along with other medication. My resting HR often drops to the mid 40s and also on occasion will dip into the high 30s. My cardiologist says he is unconcerned as I am quite fit (hard to imagine with a bypass). I started running again about 3 months post op and completed the Birmingham 10k race on the 12 month anniversary of coming out of hospital and since completed the Great Birmingham half marathon . I'm sure you will make a full recovery and go on to appreciate life to the full for many years after. Good luck

Phil

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Hi Phil

Thanks for getting in touch. There is nothing better than hearing a positive story from a total stranger.

I love reading the inspirational stories from people like yourself. I will use these posts as a pick me up in the weeks and months ahead.

You have done remarkably well considering what you have had to overcome.

I keep reminding myself that I am going to get sorted and I will still be able to enjoy exercise. When I think where I was in August of last year miles from the nearest hospital in the hills of Indonesia staying with the Mangarai Tribe, if something had gone pear shaped then, I would have been in serious trouble, it was 3 hours trek to the nearest road and 4 hours to the nearest town on unforgiving roads.

So I am feeling pretty dang lucky.

I too am looking to keep participating in Sportives, ironically the last Sportive I did was the British Heart Foundation 52 mile Manchester to Blackpool Night ride last October.

Well onwards and upwards.

Stay fit and enjoy your activities.

Thanks again

Cube

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Hi Cube

Sometimes we get so hung up on the bad luck we have we often forget the good luck that goes unnoticed. Just take it easy after your op and obey the cardio rehab staff :)

Phil

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Obey not just the Rehab staff, but posters like yourself. 😉😉

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Hi there,

Just thought I would pop in on the subject of your Beta Blocker Bisoprolol. I have been taking it since July of last year - after a dash to A&E with a very rapid heartbeat and palpitations, and a diagnosis of Afib.

Although very grateful for having a controlled heartbeat I found the Beta Blocker drained every ounce of energy from me, and I became a virtual hermit, not leaving the house because I was worried to death I'd never make it back because of my lack of energy and overwhelming tiredness.

I became very depressed , moping around the house, dozing in and out of sleep and living a virtual half life - plus comfort eating, which lead to me putting on a stone - I felt so ill because of it, but when mentioning it to my GP's, on several visits, all I got was a shrug of the shoulders and a " well you have to take the Beta Blocker, your body will eventually adjust".

I joined this site in the hope that hearing other peoples experiences would lift me somewhat - knowing others are suffering the same helps somehow - but what I found was the support and advice I had tried to find at the Drs surgery and hadn't found.

So many on the same drugs, suffering, and coping a lot better than I, and so many with more serious conditions too, offering advice on what to do etc etc I found I was suddenly not alone - and even better people who had been suffering the extreme tiredness that I was, and advised that they had found relief in moving their Beta Blocker from the morning to the evening. I rang my GP's surgery and enquired whether it was ok for me to do so and was told it didn't matter when I took it as long as I took it.

That was 2 weeks ago - it took a couple of days to feel the difference but my how much better I feel now. I now have the energy to get my life back into order, I have also started going out for walks and taken my gained weight problem under control ( with the help of the NHS 12 week weight loss plan).

Anyway, sorry to ramble, but please try moving your dosage from morning to evening, I am sure it will help - Good Luck to you, and Good Heart health.

Barbara.

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