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I saw the surgeon 3 times: The pre-op exam, just before the procedure, and in a haze when I woke up in the recovery ICU. His nurse practitioner saw me once post-op. She re-admitted me to the hospital to treat atrial fibrilation/a. flutter. Otherwise I was followed by my general Cardiologist. You are up and walking the day after surgery. They were real vague about running (when you feel ready). They were more concerned about when I start to drive (8 weeks) and limiting how much weight I carry in my arms 10 pounds). All running info came from a support group I joined called Cardiac Athletes, a great bunch of people with a wealth of information in their files. If by full strength you mean return of the most cardiac output you will get back, the concensus is that you will have improvements for 12 to 18 months post-op.
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