Been on metoprolol since I found my dilated root 18 months ago. Hate it; crushed my libido, constantly aware of my own heart beat, constantly feel like heavy sighs, I finally am on a dose that I can tolerate better. Metoprolol is better than other beta blockers I have tried though. Glad your surgery went well. Still waiting on word from Cleveland about when I may need to have surgery. Stay strong...
I got so dizzy and lightheaded and nearly fainting a couple three weeks after my surgery that one weekend I sat down at the computer and researched all the meds they had put me on. I decided that metropolol was the villain and stopped it. My cardiologist and surgeon almost had heart attacks themselves, but the dizziness and lightheadedness stopped immediately. I wouldn't recommend anyone else do what I did. They say you have to taper off, but I felt that if I did not stop it I'd pass out and that would be worse. It all worked out. Want to see a doctor turn white and almost pass out himself? Tell him you stopped a heart medication without asking.
By the way, I'm still on digoxin and don't mind it a bit.
Good luck with yours.
I was prescrived it following my valve job on Mar 11th. It is supposed to help keep my heart rate down, which resting has been generally in the high 90s since surgery. I'm on 12.5 mg twice a day now, although I started at 25 mg twice a day. It seems to be doing its job. Yesterday, at the cardiologist follow-up, the tweaking of hypertension management started again adding back nifedipin, a calcium channel blocker, at 30 mg time release, and it seems to be working. I suppose five or six years ago a cardiologist had me on the beta blocker, the cardiologist I "traded in" for the current one that understands athletics. This young guy pointe out to me the beta blocker is not appropriate for someone participating in athletics and can cause damage. Otherwise, I suppose it is OK, or like in my case currently to manage keeping the HR down some while my heart recovers from the insults it has recently had. That's my limited experience with the beta blocker. Best to you as you continue to recover....Barry on the mtn in NM
Hi John - Randa from Connecticut again. I meant to ask earlier - did they find the scar tissue from the Hodgkins hindered anything at all? That is the big unknown with my surgery and the main reason I picked Boston as they work with Dana Farber, which is where i went for my Hodgkins treatment 20 years ago. Were there any implications from the Hodgkins that presented this time? Thanks!
Question - Pictures
John, I know they put elastic stockings on pts. after heart surgery, but why are your legs wrapped the way they are? Your right leg seems to be wrapped with an ace bandage????
Congratulations John!!!! Glad you're feeling well enough to post. I'm going to look at your photos as I too have been curious. I hope to hear some details about your experience when you're feeling up to it. Best wishes to you.
Congrats on getting home, albeit a few days later than planned. The pictures are great. Heal well. Don't overdo. Follow doctor's orders. Let people wait on you. Get well soon.
Been there, done that.
I am glad to hear you are doing so well. Do take it easy and give yourself time to heal. Each day gets a bit better. I will keep you in my prayers.
I had my surgery on Feb. 28: aortic valve repair and removal of aneurysm and replacement of aortic root. I feel so much better than I did before surgery and so much better than I did even a week ago. Take it slow, accept all of the help offered, and relish each of those baby steps we go through in our recovery. All the best!
Been following your journal and I'm glad to hear you've make it through this so well. I would not let them discharge me too soon. Personally, I think they push heart patients out of the hospital way to soon. If you tell them you're not ready to go I am sure they will keep you another day or so. Best of luck to you.
It is wonderful news John that you will be up and at em in the next few days. I'm at my 4 weeks and feel more alive than ever. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will keep checking in on you through this journey. God bless
Super glad and very relieved everything went well and hugely relieved. I know the next steps will be the toughest you face. All I can say is foresight, foresight foresight. Before you know it John, you will be good as new and running around with Gavin. Greg and I are thinking about you and wishing for a speedy recovery.
Hey JT. Christian and I are thinking of you and praying for your peace and comfort for surgery. I can understand your anxiety- my hope for you is that you put all the worry and stress in God's hands. He can and will take care of you. Speaking of, will you have someone there to help out/care for you after your surgery?
We love you and wish you the best! :) stace
I'll be right behind you with my surgery on April 21st. Ugh! This sucks! I totally understand your anxiety and disturbed sleep and all the rest. My best wishes to you for a great surgery and a very speedy recovery.