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 Post subject: Heart Attack
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:31 am 
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Hi All,

I recently suffered a heart attack.

Having had a stent fitted I feel bionic. The consultant does'nt seem to be able to offer any advice on how to keep playing during rehab etc.

Does any one have any experience of this? And also the effects the drugs may be having on the chops.

Any suggested exercises etc greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Heart Attack
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:17 pm 
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I'm afraid I can't offer any direct advice based on experience.

I found much the same lack of help in rehabilitating myself after hernia repair surgery. I came to the conclusion that, unless you are fortunate enough to have a surgeon with an interest in musical performance, you won't get much help.

My own approach was to read up online about exercises, treating horn-playing as a "strenuous activity" to be worked towards.

I don't know enough about recovery from heart problems to say if that approach would work for you. It seems to me that horn-playing after surgery is not in itself very strenuous (unless you have had surgery to the abdominal wall, as I did, or open-chest surgery).

A friend of mine played the horn for many years after heart surgery.

As for the side-effects of your medication, I guess you can look that up and suggest to your GP that it's changed if you're having problems. I can imagine that anything that functions as a muscle relaxant might not be a good thing for your embouchure.

Finally, allow me to wish you all the best for a good recovery.


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 Post subject: Re: Heart Attack
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:27 pm 
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Many thanks for the swift response.

A lot of it is common sense I guess.

I am using the Michael Thompson warm up exercises, and not going above G.

It was terrible at firs, but is coming together.

Maybe I will write something up on my experiences after I am back to full force.

One thing I can say is the pressure relieved after the stent, has made my whole abdomen more relaxed.

Watch this space...


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