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ask: Is it normal to be very sensitive and lack motivation after going through triple bypass surgery?

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I am still shocked that I had to undergo triple bypass surgery on July 27, 2010. I am 54 years old, female, weight at time of surgery was 142 pounds and I'm 5'8". I generally exercised moderately and watched my calorie intake before surgery. I didn't have any time to think about my surgery as I failed an Echo Stress test and an angiogram showed I had more than 90% blockage in three arteries. I was wheeled off to surgery that very day. I don't want to take antidepressants because it's just one more medication I will be taking. Now taking metoprolol and crestor as well as vitamins.

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Christine Jeffries

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. I can only imagine what a blow it was to you emotionally to find out you have a heart condition. I would think it understandable you are still going through the aftershocks of having surgery in July. Isn't the recovery following open-heart surgery roughly three months? And you're having to re-learn some things, like having to be on medication, and coping with everything that's happened. Mind you, I'm not a doctor, or a therapist, and you may want to talk with either or both for information specific to your case. Here is an article I found that may sound familiar:
Harvard Health: PTSD in Heart Disease Patients
Would you consider being treated with medication and talk therapy at least on a short term basis if needed? Would you be interested in joining a support group for heart patients? What do you think? And please let us know what your doctor says.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

November 24, 2010 - 8:56am
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