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Old 24-June-2004, 12:11
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Unhappy Triple/quadruple heart bypass advice

Was informed by my bf last night, who had just been told himself, that his Dad has got to have one of these ops.

Understandably he was very upset. I did a bit of research on the web last night and the figures look good for complete recovery and there's an extremely low mortality rate (under 2%). But I just wondered if anyone on here had any experience either as a patient or relative of a patient that has had this op?

Bf's phoning again tonight and I have some good statistics to fire at him but positive personal experiences would be a big help.

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Old 24-June-2004, 14:10
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My dad had a triple a few years back now, did him the world of good

Although it is a fairly big operation, from the surgeons point of view it has become a routine procedure now. Recovery was in leaps & bounds. You should be prepared for the first time you see him after the op, will have a breathing tube & ecg wires on his chest. Will be very groggy & probably won't remember the visit but will know you are there at the time. Go back 24/48 later will be sitting up as if nothing happened.

Recovery is quite fast for such a big op, there is likely to be some discomfort around the chest for quite a while because of the procedure but the hospital will schedule physio & diets etc. Patients tend to get impatient during convalescence because they feel better from the heart problem but are still recoverying from the Op

Best of luck to him & reassure your bf, the worst part is what to talk about during hospital visits & hearing the patient moaning about the food!
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Old 24-June-2004, 14:44
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have a friend who had it a couple of years back, i did not know at the time and bumped in to him about 3 weeks after the op, i was amazed, had never seen him looking as well, before it he could not climb stairs, he has recently retired and now walks 5 or 6 miles every day

he has sold his car as he does not need it!!

part of that is therapy but the majority is because he has so much energy
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Old 24-June-2004, 17:18
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Hi Gothgirl
I had a triple bypass back in November 1993. Even then it was an everyday routine thing. For me the results were not so good initially in that the cold got to my ribs (it was Winter!) - my ribs hurt me very easily (when I coughed, sneezed etc) for about 10 months - but otherwise I was OK and I was reasonably (angina) pain free for quite some years. However, a bypass does not last for ever. I've since had two Angioplasty's (the first failed), one last December and the second last month and, so far, things are improving. While at my first (Angioplasty) exercise class at the Hospital I met a number of people who have had a bypass - one, a lady and the other a man. One had it a week and a half ago and the other two weeks ago and they were both strutting around the hospital exercise hall with ease (far better than I would have done at the time and better than me now!) and without any pain what so ever. Every one is different. My Consultant says that I'll need another bypass in about ten years time! Not something I look forward to but ......

As you say, the mortality rate is extremely low and frankly not something I would be too bothered about - it only takes one blockage!
So, my recommendation without doubt is to go for it. It WILL be painful immediately after the op (tell him NOT to read too much about the op) but the effect afterwards will be beneficial. Oh, one more thing, DON'T go in and see him until he is moved back onto the ward because he will be out like a light for around 10-12 hours, have wire/tubes etc coming out of every orifice and with an oxygen mask.

Good luck

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Old 25-June-2004, 08:47
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Aw thank you so much for your replies everyone. I wasn't able to get back online last night but I will send my bf a link to this thread so he can have a look. He's calmed down a bit today but I'm gonna pop n see him on sunday to show my support.

Apparently his Dad won't be having the op for at least 6 months unless there's a cancellation but I want him to be slightly prepared for it so he doesn't worry too much.

Thanks Gem, I may take you up on that offer closer to the time.

You guys are great- I knew you'd be the best place to ask for info! Thank you so much
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Old 26-June-2004, 16:53
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Everyone here is SOOO helpful and caring!
How can we possibly choose one person for a TS award?
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Old 15-January-2005, 21:00
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How did your bf dad go with regards to the op then? Just wanna find out as I too (I'm 39) and going for it shortly that's all
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Old 15-January-2005, 21:30
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There was an article touching on this in today's The Times called 'Looking after your heart'. Worth a read.
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Old 16-January-2005, 21:48
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Thanks for that. Was indeed a good and informative read. I hope I'm not one of the 2-3% though. If I am; any messages for Elvis???
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Old 17-January-2005, 09:34
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When are you due to go?
Keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
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Old 12-July-2006, 17:32
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I have just found out this morning after an angiogram that I have to go in for a triple bypass operation in 7/12 weeks, I am 52 and scared to death.
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Old 12-July-2006, 18:07
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Welcome to The Scream! tankie1rtr

Well, if it's any consolation I was 2 days away form my 48th birthday when I had my triple - 1993. Two angioplasties (one failed) later and I'm doing OK. Not the fittest bloke around by a VERY long way but I'm enjoying (retired - now a househusband) life.

Things have changed a lot since mine and although it's not the best thing to look forward to, the end result is worth it by a mile.

Oh, read up as much as you can as that will take the mystery out of it but perhaps you may wish to pass over the more detailed surgery bits!

If you have any questions do PM me.
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Old 12-July-2006, 19:48
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My brother, just short of 60, a type 1 diabetic who had just fought off cancer had a triple bypass. He's fitter than me now!
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Old 12-July-2006, 20:17
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After I had a heart attach I was told to rest/take it easy until I had my bypass some ten months later. By that time what little fitness I had had gone!

If you can keep (or gain) your fitness after a bypass then that will make life sooooo much better. Less strain on the heart and therefore less chance of suffering from Angina (which I always have).
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Old 12-July-2006, 21:05
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I just want to thank all you people that has answered me and put me at rest, although its still frightening not knowing what I am going into, its lovely that other people who have had the op have the time and compasion to share what they have gone through and give me the positives.
God bless you all
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Old 13-July-2006, 08:41
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Do keep in touch tankie1rtr. Let us know how it goes - you'll have some time sitting around taking it easy.
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Old 10-August-2006, 06:52
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Hi All

I'm 43 and I had a triple bypass last October (2006) and the worst part was waiting for it! I'm not saying post-op was painless but the drugs they have did not make it a big deal.

I'm back at work and if anything doing a bit too much. I consider myself very lucky not to have been someone who just had a massive heart attack and died. If my diet and exercise regime continue I am told I will live to a ripe old age!!

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Old 13-August-2008, 23:09
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hi people my dad just gone in for a triple heart bypass n before he went to the hospital he was scared n very adgitated n its made me think and iv read throughth these comments n they sound like u people listen n give good advice so get in touch cheers
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Old 14-August-2008, 15:00
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Wish him well. Let us know how he progresses.
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Old 15-August-2008, 09:45
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hi cheers for getin bk in touch he went into hospital the wednesday n had the op thursday they told im he had a 40 /60 percent chance of cumin thru n we,ve foned him friday n he sat up in bed drinkin water but just a bit of pain in his chest. thanks for the reply
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Old 10-August-2006, 09:37
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Old 10-August-2006, 20:24
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When I was off I set up a bulletin board to pass the time .... but no one ever registered on it but if anyone wants to talk heart bypass I'd be happy to chat ...... http://www.HeartBB.co.uk

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Old 10-August-2006, 20:35
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When I was off I set up a bulletin board to pass the time ....
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Shouldn't that read to bypass the time?
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Old 11-August-2006, 21:42
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All the BEST to EVERYONE who is going thro or has been thro this
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Old 29-August-2006, 12:13
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Hi All.
Well as promised I am keeping you up to date with a step by step account on whats happening, (for any new readers, I was asked to keep up account of what goes on to give other people and idea what they will go through, so all being well I will give you a blow by blow account untill I am pronounced fit again) Ok on with the show, I was asked to visit my specialist for an meeting, on arrival I was asked what I had been doing to get in such a mess at the age of 52, my sort of dumb expresion made him go into a tirade of nonesensical medical jargon that sounded like sweihile (or how ever you spell it,) when he had finished showing off and stopped to draw breath, I quickly cut in before he could chank up again, "Can you please put that lot into some sensical form of explanation" I asked, so now I find out that one artery is completely blocked, and the other two are well on their way, " So how soon could I be done" 3 months came the reply, "And will I survive the 3 months upto the date that I go in" only if your very good and do as your told, was the reply. so my thoughts were "Dont start reading any long books" " Dont start watching any long films or episodes on the television" and a mental image of wild life running through an overgrown garden, I was then sent to have a scan done on my heart, thsi was done by a very pretty nurse who proceeded to produce a tube of KY Jelly, (Should I get very excited, or should I worry. work it out for yourself) she daubed some of this KY on my chest area over my heart (disappointment or what) and asked me to lay on my left side on the bed, she reached round and started to rub this scan head onver my left chest, I asked her if it was my turn to do her when she was done, but you can guess the answer, uhh no sense of adventure these nurses, anyhow there was no lock on the door, would have hated a 92 year old guy with a dicky ticker to walk in !!!!!! after I was done I was told that the reports would be told to me later, well a bit of good news, there is no muscle damage to the heart. I was told that I must not get stressed at all. all well and good untill I got home. Me and my wife had a lovely folding camper that we bought 2 years ago, we decided that it would be easier to sell the camper and buy a caravan, with a caravan you just park up, put the legs down, and your done, I sold my camper to a guy for 2300 and he took it away, funny though he was only interested in the chassis number nothing else, I received a letter later the following week saying the camper was reported stolen in 2004. and he sent me a letter that was supposed to be from the insurance company, I informed the police but they said they are not interested its a civil matter, (So there you go folks, its not a crime anymore to steal caravans and campers) I have recently received a letter from his banks solicitors saying that I have to give ghim the 2300 and the camper is the property of the insurance company, so now I have no camper, and no cash for a caravan, lifes a **** for us people who want to live it simple and ask for nothing, Dicky Ticker, Loss of Van, and now I have been told I will lose my PSV License. anybody out there got a caravan they dont want...ha ha. Oh well I have to go for a heart monitor fitted for 24 hours to monitor something or other, so when its done I willlet you know what happens and the outcome. Watch here for the next thrilling installment. any recovering CID lads or girls want to take on the case of the Folding Camper???? If anybody would like a chat you can mail me on (Addie removed) . Health & Best Wishes to all.
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Old 29-August-2006, 12:26
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Hi again Tankie and I'm glad and dismayed at your news. Still, I suppose the camper is pretty unimportant when you consider the other things.

I took the liberty of removing your email address from public view in order to avoid you being spammed. Other users can contact you by PM or by email via your profile if you have that option set up.
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Old 29-August-2006, 13:22
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Hi Zero.
Thank you for removing my email address never thought of spammers, also appologies if I broke any rules/regs never thought, Sorry.
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Old 29-August-2006, 14:42
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No rules broken and no problems. Many people don't realise the consequenes so we tend to look out for little things like that.
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Old 29-August-2006, 16:22
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Thanks for an update tankie1rtr.

The heart monitor is not unusual it's a bit like the ecg except that you have a little tape recorder type 'thing' clipped to your waste band.

I'm no expert (doctor) but I have to say that I have doubts about 'one artery is completely blocked'. More likely seriously blocked, but whatever he's stressed (oops!) that you MUST take it easy and not get stressed up for obvious good reasons.

Do keep us posted - when it's all completed you will be able to use KY (if it's necessary) for it's proper purpose.
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Old 29-August-2006, 16:30
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....you will be able to use KY for it's proper purpose.....
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Please feel free to explain in detail Gem.
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