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• My father is 57 and has just had a stent put in after a slight heart attack caused by a blockage, he has been a bodybuilding since he was at school and only stopped about 6 months ago due to deteriorating health. He had real trouble eating and lost a lot of muscle, he's 5'8" and weighs 182lbs now, he weighs about 220 to 260lbs in normally and has never taken steroids. While in hospital he was also informed that he now has diabetes, probably from not being able to eat properly, however he is eating normally now. I have two questions, firstly, can you have chelation therapy after having a stent fitted? Secondly, my father is on statins which apparently rob Q10 from the heart, is he ok taking Q10 as a supplement?
Terry Turner, UK, December 29, 2007

• PA Doc -- your theory gives patient-observed credence to something we recently discussed with several top cardiologists. One of the hopes for newer devices, such as the bioabsorbable stents currently being researched by Abbott and Biotronik, is that a bioabsorbable stent will disappear in time, when it has done its work, and allow the artery to function and move freely. Although modern stents have made great advances, they still are metal "straight-jackets" in effect, so perhaps your theory is correct. Thanks!
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, December 27, 2007

• I underwent two stents in 10 days with no known cardiac damage one year ago. Here are a couple of thoughts. First, even though I was actively exercising right up to stenting, I did think it prudent to slowly advance my exercise. After all, part of my heart had not had optimal blood flow for God knows how long. Secondly, I have noticed, when I start to exercise it is not uncommon for me to develop mild anginal aching. But unlike before my stents, this peaks fairly quickly and then goes no further. If I start out slower it seems to not occur as much. A friend who underwent stenting several years before me noted the same thing and mentioned it to me without my having brought up the subject. My theory: the stents fix the diameter of the artery. Therefore, unlike in a healthy artery where the artery is very distensible and adapts quickly to the increased blood flow, the stented artery has a more limited capability to adjust (quickly) to the increased needs by the myocardium for more blood. These are just my thoughts as a non-cardiologist physician. Anyone else have observations?
PA Doc, Pennsylvania, USA, December 26, 2007

• I had a stent in my right coronrary artery on 12-18-07. When can I start weightlifting and running again?
Alan, California, USA, December 25, 2007

• Nancy -- were you given a prescription for a rehab program? Recent studies have shown that less than 1/3 of heart patients are. Although it sounds like your fatigue may be related to the meds, given your history, your cardiologist is the best source of help. Perhaps he/she can adjust your medical therapy re: the fatigue, make sure your red cell count is sufficient, etc. especially for someone who is on three blood thinners (aspirin, Plavix, coumadin). And any exercise program should be done in conjunction with a cardiologist, or healthcare professional affiliated with a cardiology center. Too often the after-care of heart patients is not implemented fully. Good luck and please let us know how you fare.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, December 23, 2007

• 43 yr old woman, no menopause symptoms yet, healthy (5' 2" 130 lbs) been active w/ kids and exercise (walk/jog daily- with 6 kids ages 5 to 19). I had a spontaneous dissected artery in late August causing MI and 2 medicated stents placed in emergency procedure. 2 days later a spasm-ing artery would not open, causing ischemia, balloon angio attempted to open it did not work, so two more bare stents placed to hold the artery open. Nuclear stress test showed mild heart damage but good ejection fraction. Had no prior risk factors-cholesterol good etc.(Except similar but milder angina/spasm like symptoms 8 yrs ago resolved without treatment). Taking plavix, coumadin, norvasc, aspirin. Cannot get my coumadin regulated blood remains too thick. I wonder what risk I take with strenuous exercise. Strenuous activity (moving furniture-carrying 7 yr old son upstairs in play) preceded the MI by a day . Also an emotional upset immediately preceded it. Have resumed exercise but still wonder can I exercise safely? Do I have to remain on meds forever (side effects like 12 day long period and much bruising-yet blood still thick at protime). Fatigue causing me to fall asleep during day if I sit down, or driving making me too sleepy (caused by meds?) Otherwise no angina/spasm symptoms, just fluttering/skipped beats persist on certain days, but entirely absent on other days.
Nancy, California, USA, December 18, 2007

• Neeru -- read through some of the posts here and you'll see that exercise and physicial activity after angioplasty is very important. Your father should consult with his cardiologist as to what the proper level of exercise, yoga, etc. is safe. Usually start slowly and build up to it.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, December 14, 2007

• My father got two stents in his arteries 3 months ago. He is 47 years old, as his two arteries were blocked 99% and third was 20% blocked, so now can he do any yoga or exercise, because he has been so weak there before, and feels weakness in his body and in his mind, after talking and walking for sometime. Please help me by replying.
Neeru, Haryana, India, December 12, 2007

• P.M. in New York -- congratulations on identifying and taking care of the symptoms -- your blockage is now open, treated prophylactically, and without any damage to your heart muscle -- a scenario that really has only been possible since the invention of angioplasty. If you look at the recent "Nike-like" TV commercial put out by Cordis, maker of the CYPHER stent, you should be able to do all sorts of physical activity. But we urge you to ask this question of your cardiologist -- ideally the one who did the procedure. Each individual has his/her own clinical profile, and getting back to an active life is the whole idea (after all, David Bowie rocks out on stage with a stent in his heart...) -- but you should be guided by your physician, so it's done in a manner best suited to your physical status.

Same advice to Professor Das in India as to whether brisk walking is advised. We assume, by the way, that you have stopped smoking altogether -- smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for coronary artery disease. As for Ecosprin, which is a brand of enteric-coated aspirin made in India, clopidogrel and aspirin both are antiplatelet, or anti-clotting, drugs -- but they work differently and are used together as standard therapy prescribed after stenting, also used in together in other cases as well. However, these types of drugs can also result in increased risk of bleeding, so these issues should be discussed with your doctor.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, December 6, 2007

• I am 66 and have had a sedentary life for about last 20 years. I was smoking about a packet of 10 cigarettes till 2000 March. Of course again smoked 5 cigarettes in September 2007 in 5-6 days. I don't take alcohol. In 2003 without any symptoms I went for a package for normal check up in a local hospital. They found my TMT positive for inducible ischemia. Again I had a similar checkup up in November 2007 and was positive for inducible ischemia in TMT and was advised for angiography. On doctor's advice I am taking ecosprin 150 mg, Atorvastatin 10 mg (i have serum Cholesterol 226.3 mg/dl, S.triglyceride 98.8mg/dl,HDL 54.5mg/dl,and LDL 135.8 mg/dl and VLDL 19.7mg/dl.Eco-cardiography showed No RWMA, Good LV Systolic function, but Diastolic dysfunction. I am also taking Nitroglycerine 2.6 tab and metoprol25 as a preventive measure. Another doctor is advising to take Clopidogrel in stead of Ecosprin. I am also advised not to go in for brisk walking which I started after the last test. Can I be advised by you Sir? I feel fortunate to have a forum like this to discuss my problem. Thank you.
Prof.Narendra Prasad Das, M.Sc,; Ph.D. (Zoology), Retired, India, Thursday, December 6, 2007

• Just got out of the hospital last week! i am a 42 yr old male ex collegiate tennis player and have a very stressful banking position. Was wondering also what to expect moving forward. i had a stent put in for a 99% blocked left artery. Couldn't believe it at first and was shocked. Symptoms showed likely a week before when i was playing tennis and for the first time ever experienced shortness of breath which went away after sitting down. Cut a long story short I went to the hospital 6 days later and the received the PTCA and stent. My cholesterol was 255 and too high. Your posts have been very inspirational and I'm going to make this best of this second chance. Would like to know when i can expect to get back to exercising fully?
P.M., New York, USA, December 5, 2007

• The answer to this will vary from one individual to the next since it depends on so many variables. It will also depend on the person's doctor or cardiologist since some may be conservative while others may be aggressive.
Raul, Philippines, November 4, 2007

• can a person suffering with angina and with stents contnue his work normally?
jk, marketing, jalandhar/punjab/india, November 2, 2007

• I had a stent May 18, 2002, than another October 17, 2007. I am curious what level of exercise might be prudent. In the 8 days since I was released, I have run 40 miles including a half marathon where I ran my best time of the last 11 months. Is this normal, excessive, dangerous?
Ed T., Texas, USA, November 1, 2007

• Sir, I had an angioplasty done in October, 2007, Two stents have been placed in my arteries which had a blockage of about 70%. I am not diabetes patient and i have not high bp problem and my cholesterol is normal after attack could you please tell me what kind of precautions should i take and what kind of fitness exercise should i do?
Shadab Ahmad, Banaras Beads , Varanasi (India), November 1, 2007

• Hello This program is very usefull and interesting,thanks for you. My age is 64 years, every year i make check up for my whole body.From about 2 months, I check up my heart & the doctor tell me that it is safety for me to put 2 stent, since Iam feeling till now very good.(I have 70% and 90% closing).I did it, and he gave me plavix+baby aspirin(80) + fish oil +crestor. Till today i feel nothing changes in my body(I forgett to tell,I stopp smoking),I ride every day my bike for 2 hours. is their any thing else to do.& how can i check my stent if they are working good or not, is their a way for that. thanks thanks & thanks
Kamal D., Lebanon, October 31, 2007

• Hi Colin I too am from UK and have had 2 stents fitted at different occasions. I must admit that I have never received any info regarding exercise progs at all and I have asked. So i just do what i can until i feel any tightness in the chest, but have had another stress test which I have failed so it looks like back to the hosp for another angio.
Tel, UK, October 15, 2007

• I am aged 65, having had heart failure in April this year. I was rushed to Western General in Edinburgh, where they put a balloon in the main artery to keep it open. From there I was rushed to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh (RIE), as they could`nt do anything for me due to the heart being in the condition it was. They could`nt give me a bypass, as during my stay in the Western I must have had a heart which left me with a small part of my heart having died, and the heart beating for six hours at 120 per min. They thought I was`nt going to make it, that was until Dr Neil Uren decided he was going to try and put stents in, and that his odds were better than 1 in 5 chance, of which I was given, if they had decided to go ahead with the triple bypass. Of course I decided to go ahead with it, putting two stents in the main artery, of which 99% was shut, and two in another artery that was 90% shut, and a further one in another artery that was 65% shut. I will never be able to thank him enough, for what he did for me, this man is utterly amazing. I know it is there job, but he has a certain something that I have never seen in other doctors. Just last month I had to go for a check up to the RIE, and was told by Dr Urens colleague that I did`nt need further treatment, but if at any time had further symptoms to consult my own doctor. Since having had the stents put in, I have always had a slight ache/tightness in the chest, when I go walking up hills, its like having a restrictor fitted I imagine, reaching your limit. Somedays there is nothing though, and other days its worse, ache I mean. Can you advise what this could be, should I get this checked out, or do you think that its probably due to the heart not being 100%, i.e. some of the cells being dead.
Alexander Gow, Retired (RAF), Glenrothes Fife, Scotland, October 12, 2007

• Has anyone experienced stiffness in the right knee, as when one has way over-exercised it? Just a three days ago I received a stent without a problem (actually, a hematoma at incision site the next day-but was quickly under control); I was up and walking around by late evening, and walking comfortably with my wife the next day (no stairs yet). Was discharged and returned home yesterday, walked a bit, but woke up in the middle of the night and found a painfully stiff (but not swollen) knee. Your thoughts or is it the obvious over-exertion? Thanks.
Dan M., Virginia, USA, October 11, 2007

• Sir, I had a angioplasty done in September, 2004, Two stents have been placed in my arteries which had a blockage of about 80%. could you please tell me what kind of precautions should i take and what kind of fitness exercise should i do?
Manish, RBS, India, October 6, 2007

• Hi all... I suffered an MI in August 07. Was recovering well but had another after 5 weeks and 6 days. Just before I was due to go back to work! This time I was sent for angioplasty and had 2 stents in Right Coronary Artery 6 days later. The next morning I went for a 10 min stroll around the lake in the hospital grounds. I'm home now and planning on taking things easy for a couple of days but i've not had any specific advise on what level of exercise to try and attain. I think I'll just have to go with how I feel and not overdo things - and try to be honest with myself about how I feel so I DONT push myself too hard. I suppose it's trial and error. Good luck to everyone though - nice to read the helpful and encouraging comments!
Colin, Felixstowe, UK, October 3, 2007

• I have been a cyclist all my life started racing at 16 and continued till I was 30, then just social riding as I had a hectic and active job until I retired at 61. Health check at that time said I was fit as a flea. 2004 I started club riding again as much as anything to get rid of unwanted weight then found that I was close to being type 2 diabetic. Exercise and loss of weight got it under control. 2005 I started racing and was turning in some reasonable TT times. April this year I found that I was having breathing difficulties when racing and although I was fitter and stronger, due to the shortness of breath I was going slower in the shorter distances and lacked speed. In May my Dr. diagnosed, exercise induced asthma and prescribed 2 types of inhaler, they helped a bit but left me with a very sore throat that did not help my breathing. I found that I had loads of stamina, 90k hilly TT in just 3 hours. Short distances just blew me away, it was like racing into the wind and uphill all of the time. In August another Dr, said the problem was my heart that was causing the breathing problems. A subsequent Echo.test has revealed that I have a calcium build up in my aortic artery that is preventing increase of blood when racing hard. At the moment my Dr. has not prescribed any medication but has booked me in for a stress test and told me to keep cycling, but not exert my self for now. Yes I want to continue to ride my bike and continue to race, obviously my Dr. cannot make a final recommendation for the future until after the stress test but has anyone got any ideas on how things are going so far. I am very interested and inspired by all the comments that I have read.
J.W., Alberta, Canada, September 18, 2007

• Hi - I am a 45 year old woman who has been very fit in the past, a cycler and jogger and all kinds of activities - and into nutrition; juicing, vitamins, etc. but for the last 6-7 years have slowly been slipping due to job demands and so on - to the tune of 40 extra pounds and no regular exercise routine anymore. I experienced a rather sudden onset of chest and arm achiness and fatigue when doing something physical like climbing stairs or hurrying around, and tried to ignore it for about a week, but then my husband convinced me to call the doctor. I was diagnosed with diabetes II (high BS) on 8/1/07 and my triglycerides were way out of whack, and first thought was perhaps the diabetes was the source of my discomfort, but he decided to send me in for a stress test "just in case" and later that day was given an angiogram and they found a 99% blockage of my LAD! This was just a week ago on 8/3/07. I got a Taxus Express2 stent before I knew what hit me. Doing GREAT so far and am so full of energy now and feeling so good that it is really hard to "take it slow". Apparently I had been feeling run down for a while and didn't realize it. Also my blood sugars were causing some symptoms, and in this week I have them in better control too. I asked when I could start walking on my third day home, and was told that by the weekend I could, so starting this last Saturday I have been walking about 1/2 mile (and resisting the urge to run!). My legs are feeling it a bit from being out of shape, but I have no other pain and I feel like my lungs could fill till they burst...I feel so good out there. I can't believe the difference. I know I need to take it easy for my leg incision so I will of course. My cardiologist is starting me in Cardiac Rehab probably in another week, which I hear is quite vigorous. I am really looking forward to that. If it weren't for all the unknowns about these stents and the new thing concerning the collateral artery growth, I would be quite ecstatic right now. But the alternative of possibly not being here at all today makes it worth the experiment for me. I am going to take this second chance as far as I can. No more slipping for me. I plan to read more of these discussions and will keep visiting this site. This is great to read what others have experienced, as I am completely new to anything "cardiac". Thanks!
Connie, Illinois, USA, August 13, 2007

• Could you please advise me, I am 50 years old man, who passed a massive heart attack on 2nd June 2007. I was shifted to the ICCU of the Hospital, and was advised to do Angiography. On 15th June Angiography had been done, and Angioplasty with 1 medicated Stent and was shifted for a day in the ICCU. I am at home now and would like to be advised about my diet, exercise, medicine and the period of rest.
Mehernosh Fitter, Businessman, Bombay/ India., June 25, 2007

• Hi, all. I'm a 58 year old woman, moderately active, who had a heart attack 1-1/2 years ago, one stent placed in my LAD. Question: we are planning a trip to the Colorado Rockies this summer and I wonder if I will encounter any difficulty with the altitude? Will the reduced oxygen cause any problems? My cardio doc said he'll do a thallium stress test before I go, but I'd still like YOUR opinions and/or experiences! Thanks!
PW, Illinois, USA, March 29, 2007

• I had a heart attack sitting at my desk on Nov. 7 2006. I was a reasonably health 43 year old male weighing 184 lbs at the time with a TC of 192. No family history. On the day of the attack I got to the hospital in 45 minutes from the start of symptoms and did little or no damage to the heart. Symptoms were a burning in the center of my chest (like a real bad heart burn) followed by arm numbness and nausea. My BP was wacky at 140/94 (normal had been about 122/69). The blockage was 70-80% and 2 Cypher Stents were used in an overlapping fashion to keep the artery open and repair a lesion. (as I understand it post FDA Panel, this is an off-label use of the Stent. My Interventional Cardiologist group does not think too much of the recent concerns of DES s and called the FDA Panel finding hogwash ). I had been leading a pretty sedentary life-style the previous 2 years due to career and schedule changes. Prior to that time I was a 2-3 time a week surfer and mountain biker.

I received no offer of cardiac rehab and got about 30 minutes with a cardiac therapist before I left the hospital Nov 10. During this 30 minute session, I was instructed to start walking for 5 minute walks very slowly 3-5 times a day. This was to start when I got home from the hospital. These walks were to increase both in duration and speed daily as long as I was not feeling any discomfort. About 2 weeks after the heart attack the wife and I were walking 30 minutes 2-4 times per week. This continued with both duration and intensity increase up until the middle of February 07. At that time I thought I would try to set out on my bike for a trail ride. I lasted about 5 minutes. I started off too hard and my HR jump up too fast. It hit about 145 bpm (max is 179) and I felt really bad and thought I was going to die. Bottom line, I went to hard to fast no warm up.

At that point I decided to invest in a Heart Rate Monitor. This has helped tremendously. I now do warm ups and cool downs and try to train in a range somewhere between 65-85% of max for 45 minutes a day 4-6 times a week. I set out on the bike the next week after purchasing HRM and was able to ride the same trail for 45 minutes. Have been training with the HRM now for 4 weeks. I called my cardiologists about limits and max Heart Rates, and was told there was no limitations on HR except what was uncomfortable to me. Now 4 weeks into the use of a HRM I started running tonight. After a warm up, I did 2 minutes of running and 2 minutes of cool down for 4 sets for a total of 45 minutes. My BPM got up to 165 at the end of each 2 minute run (90+% of max), but I recovered while walking to 122 in about 2.5 minutes each time.

My only concern is Ken's comments below [July 16, 2006] about the theory that increased turbulence (and increased shear forces at the artery wall) causing possible restenosis and delayed cell growth (see post dated July 16, 2006 below). I am concerned that now nearly 5 months out from the stenting I may be going a little too hard. But no real chest pain in these workouts. Comments?
Mike, Florida, USA, March 27, 2007

• I am a 48 year old long-time regular runner and I work out regularly with dumbells and an exercise machine. In mid-December 2006 I began to experience chest pains when I would reach a certain level of exertion on the treadmill. I tried to run through it as much as I could as with my level of fitness I refused to believe that I had any cardiac problems, especially since I only experienced the pains while on the treadmill. As soon as I would slow down or stop the pains subsided. I continued this way for two weeks and after realizing that the condition was getting no better, I finally decided I had better get it checked. I was shocked to find out that I had a 95% blockage in one of my main arteries! This despite having none of the standard risk factors. An angioplasty was scheduled for February 1st and two stents were inserted.

The reason I am posting this entry is to help others who were asking the question that I was desperately trying to get an answer for leading up to the angioplasty. Will I be able to continue my regular fitness routine after the procedure and will I be able to return to my previous levels of fitness? I received all kinds of different answers with different tones and I did not know if and how long it would be until I would be able to resume running and lifting, and if I could ever get back to my previous levels of fitness.

I am pleased to report today (March 25th 2007) a resounding YES! I began running on the treadmill one week after the angioplasty and lifting after two weeks. I am now able to run for an hour at a time comparable to where I was before, and I actually am feeling that my body is getting in better shape from lifting than it was before. I don't know if everyone can expect similar results and I do feel fortunate, but I hope my story helps to relieve some of the trepidation that others with the same concerns might be feeling.
Tom D., Ontario, CANADA, March 25, 2007

• Nizami -- glad to hear you're feeling well. Exercise is a very important activity -- keeping the body active has all kinds of good effects. Also, of course, a good diet, no smoking(!!!) and staying on your prescribed meds. The proper level of activity (and diet) is something your doctor should be able to help you with, or send you to someone who can. Activity level can vary a lot from person to person. Of course, all of these things are what all people should be doing, whether they have had heart disease or not. Great to hear from someone in Azerbaijan. Good luck and please keep in touch!
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, March 17, 2007

• I had an angioplasty two years ago in my RCA. Also, I have II type diabetes and high blood pressure (160-170/100 mmHg). Regularly taking atenolol, amlipin, thromboass, etc. I feel very good now. What is the long term prognosis and what else do you recommend? Sincerely, Nizami Rzayev.
Nizami, Hospital, Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15, 2007

• it was a revelation to find this forum .like many of you i suffered an MI in july 2006 and 3 weeks later had 2 stents inserted .Being a 60 year old fitness freak running 20+ miles per week and on what i considered an excellent diet i was amazed when it happened. Now 7 months later i still get times of uncertainty even though all the treadmill tests have shown no sign of angina or pain. My problems started after the stents, i began experiencing terrible stomach wind and soreness in the stomach .The doctors put it down to stress and even now these feelings have caused me a few false alarms whereby i have ended back at the cardio dept to get checked out and each time they say i' ok. But they can't get rid of this stomach problem i have had the all clear after the endoscopy. I have slowly returned to work which isn't strenuous and am slowly starting to get back to jogging again but how far and how much no one seems to be able to tell you. I guess its a case of suck it and see. problem is when you start to pick up the pace that nervous feeling comes over me and i start listening to my heartbeat too much .Guess i'll have to try and control those negative thoughts .stay healthy people nice to be here .
Bill Tyrens, Sunderland, UK, February 14, 2007

• Sarah and JohnD -- the safe (or proper) level of exercise post-procedure is a very individualized thing. So much depends on your clinical situation, factors that an online source can't begin to weigh. (Sarah, you didn't say if you were a stent recipient.) We would certainly advise anyone, stent recipient or not, to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. But we would not expect extremely vigorous exercise to be done just two weeks after stenting -- you'd want to make sure everything (including the femoral puncture site) is healed first. That being said, there's no reason to think that you couldn't increase activity, assuming you were not experiencing heart rhythm problems, angina, etc. There are professional baseball players and other atheletes who have been stented and resumed their careers. Perhaps someone in Sports Medicine might be able to refer you to a sports-minded cardiologist for advice. Anyone on this Forum have advice or referral info?
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 23, 2007

• I'm a woman 150lbs. I'm 5' 2". I'm 42 years old and I would like to stay healthy. Can you tell me what type and the amount of exercise that would be right for me?
Sarah M., Kentucky, USA, January 21, 2007

• I was a 6ft/170# 50 yo avid cyclist (some mountain bike racing,100mi road rides, peak HR's to >175)....until 2 weeks ago. I had occasional mild chest pressure at higher HR's, pos Cardiolite (No MI). Ended up getting LAD stent (Taxus) at bifurcation with 1st diagonal, with no other significant blockages. No risk factors except family history & stress, and no other health problems. My cardiologist is not athletic & has no real idea about "serious" exercise. His long-term GOAL of 3-4 sessions of 20-30min at HR 125-130 I find depressing. I have no symptoms now to HR 120. Can I demand repeat stress testing to help "clear" me for more activity? Any source of info on vigorous exercise after stenting would be appreciated!!!
JohnD, Midwest, USA, January 17, 2007

• R.G. -- if both you and your wife heard "3 days" would be okay, chances are that's what your cardiologist said, but why not just call to confirm (every patient is different and the concern may be less the stents, than with making certain the femoral puncture site closed with StarClose is healing well).
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 4, 2007

• My question is about how soon I can exercise after stenting. I underwent a Cypher stent placement in my circumflex artery on Dec. 27 with a StarClose device used to close the femoral artery puncture site. This was 9 days after the same thing was done for a lesion in my RDA. Like others in this forum, other than being a fat kid until I was 16 (now 54), I have exercised regularly and do not have any other risk factors. My wife and I swear the cardiologist answered that I may resume the stationary bike 3 days (would have been Dec 30) after the procedure and I am dying (no pun intended) to do so. Does anyone have any other information or experience with this?
R.G., Pennsylvania, USA, January 1, 2007

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