Michael's Heart Valve Journal

Joined October 1, 2016

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My Story

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    I am from: Temecula, California
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    My surgery date is: January 19, 2017
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    I was diagnosed with: Mitral Regurgitation
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    My surgery was: Mitral Valve Replacement
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    My surgeon is: Dr. Scot Brewster
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    My hospital is: Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, San Diego

In my own words:

Hi, I was diagnosed with severe mitral valve regurgitation in July, 2016 and my surgery is scheduled for January 19th. I really wanted to have my surgery sooner but had several other things to attend to like getting my daughter settled for her first year of college. My diagnosis involves a posterior flail leaflet with 2 torn chordae's. My results from the echo and TEE show that I have physiologic changes to my heart
(thickening of my left ventricle and pulmonary hypertension 2x above normal). After several discussions with my Surgeon and Cardiologist I have decided to choose a sternonomy instead of a minimally invasive approach. For me I just feel more comfortable with this decision and I'm not worried about having the looks of the scar. I have completed my Pre-op workup and am really looking forward to getting this surgery behind me. I'm 54 years old.
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