Originally Posted by audreyh1
Wow - first of all, it seems remarkable that you got through the surgery without the heart attack.
Actually it is pretty common for cardiac trouble to occur a few days or more after surgery, rather than the "day of." Causes include pain-induced hypertension, blood pressure fluctuation from meds, bedrest during early recovery, unrecognized pulmonary embolism, recurrent pain as anesthetics and pain med wear off.
Glad that OP's outcome was good.