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I went into cardiac arrest about 16 months ago, due to 100% occlusion of the LAD. Fortunately, I was at a hospital when I arrested. A stent was placed. My ejection fraction, after the arrest and now, is 39%. My doctor says I need to walk 20 minutes daily. Since the attack, my equilibrium has been very bad, making it difficult to walk, let alone sit. No medical professional can seem to find the cause. How detrimental to cardiac recovery is my lack of exercise? Immediately after the attack I constantly had very high BP, now it's consistently low, although I'm taking an extremely low dose of beta blocker. Thanks for your time.

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Hi Ed,
You may have had a stroke during the cardiac arrest causing the problems you describe. The other question is whether the stent is working the way it should. Read this:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/stroke
http://www.cardiachealth.org/ca-blog/how-long-does-heart-stent-last-do-they-need
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

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