Definitely feeling depressed myself. Having the fatigue and shallow breathing also. I had CABGx3 and I'm 43. I used to be able to do a lot of physical labor, finding I can't do half of what I used to, it makes me frustrated, think it's making my job frustrated, not sure if I wanna keep going if it's gonna keep being like this.
I just read your story, Evelyn. You are a strong and resilient person who's come through a horrendous experience with flying colors.Perhaps by now you know the results of the 3/3 nuclear stress test. You have a team now and many, many good people rooting for you. Of course you are sad at the moment. The need to check on anything is discouraging because one fears losing ground. Let us know how you are doing.I too had a "widow maker" stent in the LAD (4 years ago), then in Sept a CABG for extensive occlusions in lt main, proximal lad and proximal circumflex using both mammary arteries. One clotted right away so I went to the Cleveland Clinic where a stent was placed in lt circumflex to correct the failed graft. I thought I was fixed but angina returned almost immediately. I have poor perfusion that can't stented; angina meds are being titrated upward and I'm exercising carefully. Lessons learned; life is precious each day and our health care teams are giving us their best game. Deep breath. Rooting for you.
Peter,Talk to your cardiologist, but understand that it is not at all unusual to still feel fatigue and have breathing issues 14 weeks after open heart surgery (which is what I'm assuming you had since you didn't mention it specifically). I returned to my desk job after 14 weeks, but I felt like I was short of breath and was walking through soup to get to my office and that was after graduating from cardio rehab. That feeling gradually went away over the course of the next month or two.Your body has undergone an enormous trauma. They say that it takes a full year to really recover. As a very active athletic guy my whole life, including right before my heart attack and surgery, and as soon as I was medically authorized post-surgery, I can tell you that was my experience as well. In fact, it took even longer than that to recover my former level of workout strength.
You've just started a marathon. Take it slow for now, be patient, by all means talk to your doctor if you have questions or issues, and go the distance. Let us know how it goes.Best of luck and health.Ira