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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2017, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Heart Attack & Bypass Operation

After having a heart attack in mid August, I spent about three weeks at Hershey Medical Center during which time I had a quadruple open heart bypass operation followed by numerous complications that only by the grace of God I was able to survive.

If anyone here has had a similar experience, and a positive recovery, I would appreciate hearing about your experiences. I'll totally miss out on any hunting this year, but hope for a strong recovery in the future.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-05-2017, 11:02 PM
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I had the same experience back in 2007. The road to recovery can be long and strenuous but is certainly possible with a positive attitude and determination. What you have experienced is a life changing event and will affect you both physically and mentally. It took me about a year to gain most of my strength back. Adjustments with your medications will be ongoing. If you are on any type of blood thinner you will not like the cold weather as it's a battle to stay warm. Extreme heat or cold are not your friends. Mentally,after being on death's doorstep and surviving, it changed the way I look at things. I lost my edge when it came too hunting but slowly gained it back over the years. Today I am no where near the aggressive hunter I used to be years ago but I certainly enjoy being at camp with friends. Good luck with your recovery.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-06-2017, 12:10 AM
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I had my heart attack and quadruple bypass in July last year. It does't help that I need a cane to walk. Somebody else loaded my crossbow and I hunted almost every day in Archery season. I killed an 8 point the first week of rifle and a nearby hunter dragged it to my truck for me. I was very cautius at first. All my hunting is within 200 yd. of the truck. This year I got a gobbler and can pull my crossbow. I do the best I can with whats left of me at 79.
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There are much better days ahead. February 2009 heart month had a quadruple bypass at age 64. It was rough, however, I deer hunted that fall and all the Spring turkey and archery deer seasons since. I hunt from climbers and lock-ons. I will be 72 this month. I work out three days a week for 70 minutes with weights. Some of my hunts are deep in the woods. I hunt 2-3 states for Spring Gobbler and often walk 5-7+ miles in mornings hunts in some steep country.

I have since had both of my triceps reattached and have worked through that. I take a baby aspirin and a 40 mg simvastatin. However, I did not have a cholesterol issue....I am told my issues were hereditary. I did not have a heart attack, but it was in the future for me, if I had not made a doctor visit due to heaviness in my chest area.

My thoughts.... follow the advise of the doctors, take medication as prescribed, keep a positive attitude, do your PT to the best of your ability, go in for all you post ops check ups and test and take a few minutes every day to appreciate life. You will get through this.

For now subscribe to hunting magazines, do some reading until you can get back in the woods.

Thank God.....I currently feel great and can stay up with many guys a lot younger than me. A few years since my surgery I cut, split and stacked 6-10 cords of firewood.

I will add you to my prayers PA-Plinker and wish you and your family the very best. Check in with us now and then to lets us know how you are doing.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 05:11 PM
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I have not had the experience myself. However, I have a good friend I hunt with who has had three open heart surgeries and he continues to go to Africa hunting. He is a retired light Col. in the army and has hunted all over the world. He had the last one last year and this past February he went to SC with me wild hog hunting. While the operations are surely serious, they have not slowed down my friend, he is in his mid 70's and still running a setter and big game hunting.
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