I've been recently trying to lose excess weight through diet and exercise, and those stubborn pounds won't budge. A friend asked me when I noticed the weight gain, and I sat and thought for a moment. I realized it was right around the time I had my surgery. Obviously, there are other contributing factors (marriage, kids, general aging ;D), but I was wondering if anyone has noticed this same issue?
From what my doctor told me, the "direction" of blood flow through my ASD was re-oxygenating already oxygenated blood -- was this some sort of funky natural performance enhancer I was experiencing? I know there are some studies into using pressure chambers to force oxygen into muscles for more performance. Was that happening with me? And did that help me perform better and keep weight off?
Per details, I had my ASD closed in May of 2005. I was completely asymptomatic prior to the discovery. It was only found when, becoming aware there were layoffs in my company's future, I decided to visit a doctor for a general checkup. I accidentally picked a gerontologist who ordered the full workup on me. Her only impetus for ordering the ECG? My mother had a heart murmur while she was pregnant with me. Dr. Steven Burstein installed my Amplatzer device, and I have had ZERO issues with it, other than the mysterious weight gain.
Also, I was extremely active in high school/college, performing with a color guard team (two to three-hour practices daily) in high school and swimming/treadmill jogging/hiking in college. After graduation, I continued to be active as work allowed, going to the gym daily and doing yoga three times a week. My activity has declined recently (within the past two years), however the weight gain started soon after the surgery, and my current weight has stayed constant since 2007.
Any thoughts? I'm so glad to have found this site -- no one I knew had even heard of this condition, and from what I understood, this was primarily a childhood thing.