Log in or register to post comments Last Post Bill N. Family Member Bicycling Thu, 03/07/2019 - 7:58PM Hi, am I able to ride a bike?, where live now I can ride one around and not worry getting hurt or hit by a car. Thank you for your time and Peace be with you all. Log in or register to post comments 145 reads #1 wayne r. Re Riding Mon, 03/11/2019 - 1:31PM I am quite able to go out cycilng and have managed just over 50 miles in 1 day but I am using an ebike. I tried to use my old normal bike but could only manage about a couple of miles before I was worn out. Hope this helps.(UK) #2 In reply to Re Riding by wayne r. Bill N. Bicycling Mon, 03/11/2019 - 1:40PM Hi Wayne, I don't know what a ebike is?,could you tell me?. I thank you and Peace be with you. #3 In reply to Re Riding by wayne r. Juanita P. Biking Tue, 03/19/2019 - 5:17PM I think that is absolutely Awesome that you are able to do that...Keep it up. I too go to the gym and work out as usual, pretty much pre-LVAD. #4 Richard B. bikes Mon, 03/11/2019 - 3:15PM My doctors said that if I can ride away from auto traffic on surfaces where I'm not likely to tumble, then wear a helmet and to to it if it's important to you. The big issue is the blood thinners and a head injury can cause serious damage. ps to a commenter: an ebike is an electric assist bike. they are very big in Europe. #5 Bill N. Bicycling Mon, 03/11/2019 - 5:34PM Hi Richard, I didn't think about that, I guess bicycling is out. I guess I will walk every day to stay healthy and besides, I can't afford an ebike; Oh well that's okay because I am planning to do a lot of fishing when the weather starts to stabilize. I really appreciate the advice. You take care and Peace be with you. #6 Larrie T. Bicycling Mon, 03/11/2019 - 5:58PM Hi Bill, I have had great success cycling and completed a 35 mile ride six months after LVAD implant. By 8 months after implant, I was riding single track on a mountain bike. This is all using the people powered bikes I had before, not an ebike. As mentioned, the main thing is to be cautious regarding the anti-coagulants. Protect your noggin with a helmet and don't ride trails that create risk of bad falls. While I still mountain bike on single track, there are a few trails I used to ride that are no longer worth the risk given the potential of greater consequences. We documented my first long bike ride and my return to the mountain bike trails on video. You can watch them here: First long ride after implant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8AVRo1aBdc LVAD Mountain Biking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXf2Dn8ykgo I found that I continued to continue to get stronger for at least a year after implant. Don't worry too much if the first few months are like running uphill breathing through a straw. Stay active, and your ability and stamina on the bike will only continue to improve! Good luck! Larrie #7 Bill N. Bicycling Mon, 03/11/2019 - 6:35PM Hi Larrie, I've read the replies but I think that I have decided to play it safe and I think I will pass on bicycling ; I think I will stick to walking ; I do thank you though for your thoughts and I do thank you for being so productive on your ventures. I thank you again and Peace be with you.