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Gym went... better today

Jan 04, 2010 - 2 comments

I've been having trouble with my heart acting kind of funny since an ablation for WPW back in early November. I started going back to the gym about four weeks after the procedure, and my HR would take a long time to come back down. An hour after working out, my HR would still be in the 90's. 2-3 hours later maybe 80. It really wouldn't get back down to my normal resting rate of ~60 until the next morning. Sleeping could be difficult with my heart still going a bit faster than usual.

Anyway, my last workout before taking some time off for the holidays was on 12/23, and I had the same problem. Today I was back at work and so I figured I'd get back to the gym and hope for the best. I haven't been working out too hard because of this issue, but I did do about 20 minutes on the X-trainer thing at a moderate resistance. I think I got my HR gradually up to about 130. After first returning to my office my HR was about 80, and an hour later it was down in the low 60's. I think that's a good sign! Tomorrow maybe I'll push a bit harder and see how it goes.

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by cindy707, Jan 05, 2010
You rock it....just listen to your body and remember if you feel a pinching type of feeling around your heart to back off a little bit while you work out.  It is an indicator that you are testing the waters with the healing process which we both know takes up to 6 months.....i don't know you personally but want to say after our posts that i am proud of you and that you did sit on the edge of the cliff and pushed and look at the great outcome.  Good luck during your next workout!!!!!

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by LBBBguy, Jan 07, 2010
Thanks for the encouragement, Cindy. You know we're practically neighbors? I'm in Berkeley. ;-)

I went yesterday and pushed it a bit harder, and it was pretty good. HR stayed a bit more elevated afterward than on Monday, but then I worked harder, too. It maybe wasn't quite what I would describe as feeling "normal", but it was notably better than back in December.

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