- Aug 26, 2023
- Marion, Iowa, USA
I had my open heart surgery 5 weeks ago. I feel good, no sternum pain, my cardiac rehab is going well, I'm stronger every day, my endurance is improving, etc. I am wondering when it will be safe to absorb shock in my upper body. Shock can come from: recoil of my arm or knee when I strike a heavy bag; getting struck by a training partner in a martial arts class; or shooting a large caliber rifle/shotgun. My cardiologist and other medical people suggest waiting until 10-12 weeks after surgery, starting easy, stopping if it hurts, etc. Does anyone have relevant experience they can share? Thanks!