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Jacuzzi use with stents?

Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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Hi, can anyone tell me if it’s safe to use a jacuzzi with stents? I seem to recall reading somewhere that the bubbles and heat are not good for people with heart conditions. I had a heart attack two years ago resulting in one stent and the usual meds package and had a further two stents six months ago. I went to a spa recently and was advised against using the hydro pool and steam rooms and sauna. Thanks in advance x

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Lezzers

I would ask your medical team as it may depend on your BP, HR etc. My husband has heart failure & he's not supposed to use them.

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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Thanks x

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Speakeazi

Also problems with bugs in Jakuzzi water. Worth having a look at www.

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Lezzers
Lezzers
in reply to Speakeazi

Bugs?

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Speakeazi
Speakeazi
in reply to Lezzers

The heat maybe a problem but also how clean the water is. This is an article explaining from Dr Mark Porter in The Times July 9 2019.

thetimes.co.uk/article/bewa...

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Mike424u

I have 7 stents, I use our hot tub 3 or 4 times a week with no problems, I asked my sugeon and doctor and they could not find any reason to not use it, it does not cause me any problems. Same with swimming no issues. And im going for a medical to return to Scuba Diving.

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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Thanks x

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NathanBlau
NathanBlau
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Good luck with the medical - I went down that route and returned to diving about 10 months after HA and stents. Although I 'passed' they advised not to dive in 'cold' water but did not indicate any specific temperature. My wife interpreted this in such a way that my holidays are now limited to warm exotic locations!

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Mike424u
Mike424u
in reply to NathanBlau

What did you have to do at the medical, Tread mill and ECG ?? how long for

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NathanBlau
NathanBlau
in reply to Mike424u

Yes treadmill and ecg to ensure that there are no unwelcome reactions to the effort. The process is based on the Bruce test where the treadmill is set at increasingly steep angle and speed every 3 minutes. You can lookup the process and more or less emulate it on a treadmill in a gym.

I did about 12 minutes 30 seconds but I struggled mostly with my knees (played rugby too long). I think that they would expect you to do around 10 minutes + depending on you age so that you can demonstrate an ability to manage reasonable range of challenges underwater for an appropriate period of time.

Do message me when you have done it and let me know how you got on - good luck.

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Pitt12345

Consultant told my husband it was okay but turn bubbles off for ten mins before getting out.

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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Thanks x

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Berniel69

I have been taking steam and sauna baths regularly since I was 15 years old, I am now 70. In 2018 I underwent a quadruple heart bypass due to CAD. At a follow-up meeting with my surgeon approx. 8 weeks post op., I asked him if it was OK to continue. He advised me to try it, but take it easy. He said if you suffer no ill effects, eg. dizzieness or light headedness, then it was OK to continue. I am now 14 months since operation and enjoy sauna and steam sessions almost daily with no ill effects at all.

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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45sue

I was advised (after a HA) by cardio nurse not to use a hot tub or sauna because they lower blood pressure & could cause fainting but, turning a blind eye, she said keep well hydrated & not stay in too long. I took her advice & managed hot tub (& thermal pool on holiday) with no ill effects but have avoided the sauna. I have reacted more in cold swimming pools but either way , marked hot or cold temperatures tend not to be good for us.

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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Lebee1

My HF nurse advised me not to go in one but if I really wanted to no more than 10 mins and if feeling faint to get out asap.

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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MichaelJH
MichaelJHHeart Star

A definite no is for 6 - 12 weeks post OHS because the breastbone is healing and you could strain it getting in/out. An unstable breastbone is a serious complication!

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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jon2018

well i have hot baths,ok no bubbles but its close to a Jacuzzi,and never had a problem. unless this is the future where i did have a problem and died meaning this is heaven.if it is it sucks lol

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Lezzers
Lezzers
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Hmmm, should have had the bubbles when you had the chance, this is the future & it's now too late!!

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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Thanks x

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Kazzie68
Kazzie68
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