I started to look at my life as BHA and AHA (Before and After Heart Attack). This little entry is an update on the AHA time frame. I saw my cardiologist early last week and was really thrilled with the outcome of the visit. Prior to this first follow up since the coronary angioplasty, I was really just dragging through the day. Everything was an effort, getting out of a chair required to will myself to do so, in short, I had zero energy. I figured it had something to do with the medications I am on, and was hopeful that adjusting one, some or all of them would help.
My cardiology (Dr. Bindra) visit was a good experience. My doctor spent plenty of time with me, without me ever feeling being rushed. He talked me through the surgery while he showed me video of the actually procedure. Pretty wild to see and I had to remind myself a couple of times that this is my heart we are looking at. Anyway, he listened to my recap of the past 14 days and consequently adjusted my drug ‘cocktail’. I could tell within 36 hours of that adjustment a significant improvement. My doc did warn me that as long as I am on Metroprolol there will always be signs of fatigued, but I also know now that this particular drug will likely get dropped within the next 30 days.
I have a stress test scheduled (was told to set aside 3 hours) for Monday, July 26 and then a couple of days later or as soon as the complete results are available, yet another visit with my cardiologist, likely a couple of more adjustments on the meds.
For now my improved energy levels are holding and I was looking forward to today with great anticipation. Of course we talked about me getting back on my bike. I brought him a printout of my Garmin walking stats and said that I feel as I should/could start riding. He said: “sure why not, just keep your HR around 110.” WHAT?? I said: “doc, all due respect…I may as well not get on a bike, 110 is not realistic. How about I keep it in zone 3?” So he looks over the rim of his glasses, studies me for a couple of seconds and then “OK, and then next time we meet bring me a printout of your riding activities.”
So today, without grand fanfare, trumpets, drums and games I suited up, did my usual pre-ride check routine and went onto my first ride. I loved the ride and soaked in every moment. I did pay attention to my Garmin and kept the effort in zone 3, but really enjoyed being able to ride. Being on your bike is such a liberating and empowering feeling. The Garmin ride profile is right here