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Recovery from Heart Stents
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Recovery from Heart Stents

My husband had 2 stents put in a few days ago. I had to have a friend pick him up the day he was released. So I did not get to talk to the Doctor. Was hoping you could help me with info on his recovery. He had a quadruple bypass in July 2000. He had a heart attack June 22, 2008. On June 25, 2008 they did a catherdar in the arm and had to put 2 stents in his main artery. They said 1 of the bypass' had colapsed but were not concerned because the other 3 were in great condition. He said he was told not to lift anything with the left arm (where they went thru), BUT he doesn't know for how long. He says they said no motorcycle riding for 2 weeks (he rides a Harley). Basically I just needed to see how long he shouldn't lift anything, ride his motorcycle, and what about walking (he usually doesn't walk, but had been working as a cabinet builder about 6-7hrs/day 3-5days/wk). Born Oct 16, 1941 (66yo). 5'-9" about 260lbs. Thank You!
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I would consult with his cardiologist because there are unique differences to each case which no one knows except those present. In general, heavy lifting is discouraged for two weeks until the follow up. At that time, his doctor will probably see him in follow up and give him the clearance to resume life without limitations. I dont think there is any reason for him not to walk. congratulations and good luck
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