It is great to read your journal. I am in the same position you were just in. I am 38 yo married with a 10 yo and 15 yo girls. I have known about my BAV all my life but was hoping to not have surgery. I run triathlons all summer and do cross fit. I just received the news I need to get a replacement within the next three months. I have been a mess since being told,think about family nonstop. I also am thinking about getting bio valve so my lifestyle won't change. Thanks for your journal and any advice you can give.
I am 61 years old and just ran my second marathon 3&1/2 years after AVR,aorta graft and bypass. My doctor doesn't want my heart rate to go over 116. I am on 25 mg. Metoporol twice a day. I take one dose right before a race to help keep the rate down. At the Twin Cities marathon last month I started at 170 for the first few miles at a 8.5 pace then as I slowed down it dropped to about 130. I ended up running it in 4:31:42. My resting heart rate is about 55, but sometimes it is as low as 46. I have a mechanical valve. I really don't remember what my heartratewas right after surgery.
Please remind me what valve you opted for?
I'm not the runner you are but I am running on a fairly regular basis. I'm 45 years old and had my AVR done on May 14th with a tissue valve and an aneurism repaired in my aorta. I'm doing push ups and running.
Blood pressure is also a great gauge of things. What is yours? If you don't have one a good BP Monitor is great.
I went on a beta blocker for a while and I'm off now. Don't want any meds. Asprin is all I take.
Welcome to the club of the "Badge of Honor" wear it proudly. I am 5 days post op doing well...but taking my meds for pain. Looks like I will get out of here sometime today! Many blessings for a quick recovery! Charlie Messineo
Hi David , welcome to the club and may your recovery be swift!
I too am competitive and found it difficult to moderate how much walking to do at any one time. I soon found out that when you push a little too hard my body promtly pushed back and slowed me down usually exhausted the day after :-)
This sounds like pot calling kettle back, but find your comfortable pace and go with it. Take the meds to keep the pain under control and enjoy the recovery. Look bak every week or so and you will be astounded at how far you have come. There will be down moments, but remember that are only short pauses until a new high moment.
Have a speedy recovery
Paul R. ( ex regurgitator and member of the open heart zipper club)
Great news! So glad you are doing so well! Prayers and thoughts sending your way. You've reached the other side of the mountain! Congratulations! Charlie's wife Julia (PS...my hubby is in surgery as we speak...hoping he has as good of outcome as y'all!)
(waving from the other side of the mountain)
You'll do great! You're young and fit and clearly have LOTS to stay healthy for, if I'm gauging by that little bundle in your arms! Wishing you an easy recovery.
I'm also 38told and had my aorta valve replaced 3 weeks ago, had some step backs but I can tell you that after only 3 weeks I feel pretty good. I will keep you in my prayers, knowing everything is going to be great. God will be there with you!!!! GBU
Good luck. I was in the exact same boat as you. 38 Aortic Bicuspid valve. I felt no symptoms. I had my AVR in Feb of this year with a tissue valve. I am doing well now. Heart has recovered and it has become a non-event so to speak. I mean I am recovered and healthy than ever but it did change me for the better. You will have up and down days. Everyone is different. The good news is we can be fixed.
Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions on the recovery.
Jimmy Johnson - JimmyJohnson26@gmail.com
AVR 2/20/12 Bovine Tissue Valve
I had AVR on 5/14/12 and an aneurism repair. I'm running between 2 and 2 1/2 miles each day. Do what they tell you to do and appreciate the fact you can be fixed. If I can offer additional feedback let me know. The bills....they don't go away!
It's getting closer for you.....finally!!! I was diagnosed in early Apr 2012 and I have my surgery on Aug 13. I've been reduced to walking instead of running since I have symptoms (and this was the year I was going to try Crossfit!). I wish you a successfully surgery and an enhanced active lifestyle post-surgery!!! Keep strong.
I'm one month post-op from a Mitral Valve replacement. I found that reading Adam's book and having it handy for easy referencing was a big help leading up to the surgery. I also took Adams advice and assembled a support group of family and friends to help with the post-op recovery. I was lucky enough to have my wife or sister stay in the hospital with me during the first few nights, it made all the difference in the world.
Best of luck, Michael
Good luck! I'm a little ahead of you (5/14/12 - AVR/Aneurism Repair). I just celebrated 8 weeks post surgery. I ran 2 miles on Saturday, 2 miles on Sunday and I'm lifting light weights (25 lbs) on a regular basis. Did you decide on which valve to get yet? Oh that's fun!
Good luck and let me know if I can offer feedback.
Unfortunately you will lose all your physcal conditioning after your OHS. This is normal. I'm five weeks post AVR/Ascending Aorta repair and I start Cardiac therapy tomorrow. Your excellent physical condition pre-OHS is your savior for a trouble free recovery. I can finally walk up a small flight of stairs without completly running out of breath.
A compromised ascending Aorta is normal for people with bicuspid/stenosis aortic valves. Mine was repaired when the valve was replaced.
Congratulations David! Glad everything is ok. You will be a busy little family for a while, and then straight into surgery!!! Enjoy your time together, that day will be here before you know it. I will be following your journey!
Welcome to HVJ site, I am scheduled for AVR on May 7th via the Ross Procedure, I have 3 kids but all older, the youngest being 18. I too do not wish to be on coumadin and since this is already my second open heart surgery I chose to go with the Ross in the hopes of not having to go through this again for the rest of my life or at least 20+ years from now. Sounds like you are well on your way which is a good thing, more questions will surely come up as you go through the process and you have definitely come to the right place to ask questions.
Best of luck to you and if I can answer anything for you then ask away.
I am also 38 and had to have an AVR. I had no symptoms either. I had my surgery on 2/20/12. I was walking 2 mles or more a day with a 2 weeks of the surgery and well over 4 miles at 4 weeks. I was starting running at 5 weeks.
I also went tissue valve for the same reasons you are thinking about. I don't regret my choice at all. I have 3 boys 6 and under and I wanted to be able to rough house with them as the grow up with the worry of blood thinners.
I have been back to work now for 4 weeks and I am pretty much back to doing what I was doing before. Funny thing is even though I felt fine - now after the surgery I feel 10 years younger. I have more energy/Stamina I am able to recover from working out quickly. My heart doesn't feel like its pounding out of my chest.
Good Luck and let me know if I can help answer any questions you may have.
I'm a little older than you and in a similar position. I'm just curious about your valve selection. You're quite certain you're going with a tissue valve. Did you have a tough decision with this or did your doctor confidently tell you this is the way to go?