My experience with open heart surgery
Hello, my name is Phil and I am 48 years old. On February 23/2013 I under went a Quadruple bypass. This was completely unexpected. It started for me at the gym two weeks earlier. I was on the elliptical machine and experienced difficulty breathing and getting my heart rate above 126. Days earlier I was able to get my heart rate to 150 and sustain it for 30 min. MY WIFE AND MY BOSS decided to get into my Dr. and they ran multiple test and decided to preform an Angiogram, which they determined there were to many blockages to perform a stent. The following morning I was set up with an open heart procedure. No time to think about it. Running out of the hospital did cross my mind.It has been 4 weeks since my surgery and all in all I feel good. I did experience a set back one and a half week after my surgery. I was diagnosed with Dressler's syndrome which is pericarditis (swelling or blood around the heart). It was treated with steroids which took care of the problem. About one week ago I began having Shoulder and neck pain which is primarily in the shoulder blade. It gets worse as the day goes on. Hopefully, it will improve over time. I hope my experience helps others that are going through this life changing ordeal.