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Four months after my surgery now, I've been doing minor weight lifting with super light weights, light biking up to 10 miles, frequent walking 3miles and doing really good.

Then come this past Saturday night I decide to do a series of upperbody weight lifting for 2 hours. All with lighter wieghts. These past few days I've been experiencing chest pains (hopefully muscular/skelatal) and I have been recording higher BP at night so I have just been taking it easy.

I've also started on some Hibiscus tea because I would like to see my BP numbers down from where they are. I've put my heart through enough trauma with the Dissection, no need to ever make it worse.  The surgeon said my heart was tough (as in not soft), but that it should not get worse, well you know as long as I take care of it.

In the AM upon waking up my BP is down but my diastolic levels are still higher than I would like.

PM 140/90

AM 117/80

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    It sounds like you're doing really well!

    I had a type A dissection and a type B about six months ago. I had surgery and they fixed the aortic root and heart valve problems but the type B wasn't repaired surgically (they're treating it with blood pressure medicines and beta blockers).I did a little really light weight lifting during cardiac rehab but not since then. I walk regularly but only about a mile. I'm still a little scared of overdoing it. 

    My bp (with meds) is really low in the morning (like 90/60) and around 8pm has risen to closer to 120/80. I take my meds in the morning and late in the evening. By bedtime my bp is down around maybe 105/70 or so.

    If you're on blood pressure meds, maybe they're wearing off by evening? My bp was starting to get high sometimes in the evening and I called my cardiologist and he added an evening dose of blood pressure medicine and that helped.

    If you're drinking hibiscus tea for blood pressure, are you not taking any prescription blood pressure meds? My doctors seem to think I'll be on blood pressure meds for the rest of my life in order to reduce the risk of  re-dissection or another aneursym.

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      Thanks I'm 44 and yes I'm the same as you as far as the meds goes, I get 10mg of amlodapine benz every morning but I have only been taking half because 10mg makes my BP too low, I have considered taking another dose in the evening maybe like 3mg.

      I'm just upset because I was feeling good and then I went and did the weights, I guess I over did it without knowing it until the night after. Like I said, I was using light weights. Maybe I was straining or not breathing. So now I am back to taking it easy, I'm afraid to go for a walk until my chest feels better again.

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      Well, I pretty much did almost nothing for 5 days, today I went for an hour bike ride I felt okay but worked hard.  I did some hills & got my heart rate up to 138bpm and maintained an average heart rate of 116bpm. The tempeature was hot at about 32º.  I've been using a 'Polar H7' heart rate monitor to keep track of my exercise, I highly recommend it and wonder if anyone here uses any devices to monitor workouts?  


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