Peggie, so sorry to hear about your friend. I know what fibrosis is (thickening and/or stiffening), in this case, of the heart. It is just one of the effects of heart disease. Why your friend was not diagnosed, I don't know, perhaps his sister needs to talk with his cardiologist. Maybe he knew, but just did not share that information, as it is not something that can be "fixed" surgically and without transplant, can only be treated.
Talk with your cardiologist, share your concerns with him/her and they should be able to discuss whether or not you are at risk.
Again, I am so sorry, I know what it is like to lose someone suddenly and especially if you are a "heart patient" yourself.
I will keep you and your friends family in my prayers.
I am so happy you are feeling better!
Dr Rob I credit for my being well today in many ways! I am so happy you look and feel so great! Yes, you even look better on the outside. Cant wait till we can go to are appt together again as soon as work slows a lil <3
I was sorry to read your recent hospitalization. I am new to HVJ 3 X veteran of open heart with latest being mitral valve replacement Postop appt Dr stated that the severe pain in L shoulder, neck, ribs and numbness in L upper arm is because in my case nerve and muscle temporary damaged due to 3 X opening sternum extra spreading due to the amount of scar tissue
I hate having to cont with pain meds but if I don't I am pretty much in bed, so I really feel for your pain. I too love this HVJ and only wish it existed 13 yrs ago when I had by valve repaired. Would love to cont hearing from you hang in there, you have lots of friends out here and only we can truly understand. Surgeries for me age 37, 47 and now 59 so I know what it feels like when you are younger
I just wanted to thank every one for signing my guestbook it is really wonderful to know so many people care and are going through the same, that you are not alone in the long recovery, it is a life change and it really helps to know that people like myself, care and know what it is like to go through such a transition with health,spirit and mind, thank you. to my family i love you and it is awesome to know your here in my life i love u guys...sending love and light
Welcome to HVJ. I am sorry to hear of your pain and repeat surgery. You have a lot on your plate with a young child and a medical condition. I had a mitral repair in March of this year, and this site has been a tremendous help for information and support.
Hi Peg :)
An endless amount of things i want to say but i know i dont have to you already know them all!
twenty years as friends has been great and i am looking forward to at least another twenty!
There is alot we are supost to do!
There is still alot left for you to do with your baby and husband!
I hope that you are better soon so you can move on from this and be healthy and happy soon!
Wishes do come true and loving light suround and heal you!
Peggie -- You've always had that little voice, that elven smile and a huge heart -- NOTHING can stop that. Not braces on your tiny legs, falling off flexi's head first or living with a bunch of insane family that love you madly and forever. My heart is with you. Call me anytime at all. I'm so glad your at home now. I wish I was with you, but you know damned well I'm with you in spirit. I love you baby girl,
I used the relaxation/guided imagery tapes available to me from the Cleveland Clinic prior to my surgery. This past March I had a bovine mitral valve and a tricuspid repair. I had to wait 2 1/2 months for my surgery and used the tapes for the month prior and it made a world of difference. They even let me go into the OR with my MP3 player, gave me so much peace. You haven't been dealt a fair hand but you'll get thru this you sound like a strong woman. Got to get better for that little one, right?
HI Peggie, I Am Thinking About You & Saying some Prayers For All Of You. Please Give Me A Call Whenever You Need To Talk. I Am Allways Up Late So Don't Be Afraid To Call. We Are Wishing You Well. And Give Sammy A Big Kiss From Us. Love, Barb & Dad
Uncle Michael and I are thinking of you and know you will be fine we are sending you only positive and encouraging good thoughts for a speedy and successful recovery. We love you and wish you only the best for you- Sam and Michael.
hi peggie, i had a new aorta and valve (synthetic) in 9/08. in morristown nj. did they give you any reason for needing surgery so soon?in other words,was it the surgeon,the replacements themselves or your body rejecting them?(forgive me if i missed that in your story)well the positive spin(always need one) is that you now know that this major surgery is' nt isnt as "major" as it sounds,in other words its more routine than you wouldve thought before you were faced with this the first time. i honestly cant believe how common this is for 40 year old people! my email is firstname.lastname@example.org feel free to email. my surgery wasnt without complications,i had a stroke 3 weeks post -op. jeff
You don't know me... I am a HVJ patient who just had mitral valve replacement on July 20, 2010. I cannot believe you have to go through this again already, but it's not entirely unheard of. Best of luck to you. I'll be sending prayers your way from MD.
To my wife Peggie. You are my soul mate for eternity. Our love will carry us through this and we will become stronger and closer then ever. You are a very strong and beautiful minded person, who I love with all of my heart and soul. I'll be by your side through it all. I love you so much. Your husband, Michael