ERG Rowing After Open Heart Surgery

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ERG Rowing After Open Heart Surgery

Post by annettemaria1 » May 7th, 2020, 8:44 pm

I’m posting this because I did a lot of research about getting back to competitive sports/exercise after open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve. I couldn’t find anything as to what to expect post-op. I took it upon myself to do my own cardiac rehabilitation once I was able to exercise which was around six weeks. I had been a competitive cyclist for twenty seven years prior to cutting back because my mitral regurgitation had become severe. I had used an ERG years ago and decided to use it as my rehabilitation exercise modality since I wanted to involve my upper body which the bike didn’t do. I have to say that the first four weeks were rough managing a 2:30/500 pace and my heart would Max out at 124bpm. I was frustrated and concerned. At three months post-op I had my follow up echocardiogram which showed my valve was no longer regurgitating and I was taken of all meds including the beta blockers. A week after I stopped taking the beta blockers my workouts began to improve and I was able to sustain higher heart rate zones. I’m currently five months post-op and just posted a 100m in 18.1, 306m in 1min, and a 21:43 5k. I wanted to share this for people who may be researching/or what to expect after a mitral valve repair surgery.

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Re: ERG Rowing After Open Heart Surgery

Post by winniewinser » May 18th, 2020, 9:22 am

annettemaria1 wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 8:44 pm
I’m posting this because I did a lot of research about getting back to competitive sports/exercise after open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve. I couldn’t find anything as to what to expect post-op. I took it upon myself to do my own cardiac rehabilitation once I was able to exercise which was around six weeks. I had been a competitive cyclist for twenty seven years prior to cutting back because my mitral regurgitation had become severe. I had used an ERG years ago and decided to use it as my rehabilitation exercise modality since I wanted to involve my upper body which the bike didn’t do. I have to say that the first four weeks were rough managing a 2:30/500 pace and my heart would Max out at 124bpm. I was frustrated and concerned. At three months post-op I had my follow up echocardiogram which showed my valve was no longer regurgitating and I was taken of all meds including the beta blockers. A week after I stopped taking the beta blockers my workouts began to improve and I was able to sustain higher heart rate zones. I’m currently five months post-op and just posted a 100m in 18.1, 306m in 1min, and a 21:43 5k. I wanted to share this for people who may be researching/or what to expect after a mitral valve repair surgery.
Thanks for sharing this, proof there is erg life after serious surgery.
LWTM, 6'2" 48yo, 100m 17.9, 1min 337m, 500m 1:34.2, 1km 3:24.6, 2km 6:53.5, 5km 18:23.2, 6km 22:20.4, 30' 7958m, 10km 38:18.6, 60' 15,286m, HM 1:24:08.5, FM 3:08:12.8

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Re: ERG Rowing After Open Heart Surgery

Post by ampire » May 18th, 2020, 6:21 pm

Best of luck on your continued recovery. Those are pretty impressive times and the hard work you have put in since the surgery shows. :D
M34|5'8"/173CM|150lb/68KG|LWT|MHR~192BPM|2020: 5K 18:52.9 (@1:53.2/500)|C2-D+Slides+EndureRow Seat

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