Hi Ron, I am Linda, a "newbie" since your last journal entry. Nice to "meet" you. I am scheduled for aortic valve replacement and possible aorta repair (aneurysm) on March 13th. Sorry to hear of your set back. Hope you are now headed for full recovery. Did they tell you why you got the effusion so far out from surgery? Any tips you can give me about the surgery will be greately appreciated. Feel better soon!
Ron, best of luck with your surgery. You sounds like you area taking this pretty well. I'm about 8 days ahead of you. I'll let you know (if I'm aware enough in time.) how it was. Hang in there buddy! Joe
Ron I was interested in your comments on your pressures going up significantly - Can you share how much they had gone up. My veneous pulmonary pressure was the red flag that said I needed open heart surgery but mine was the mitral valve. Had it done 12 July 2011 at Cleveland Clinic. Thanks for sharing
I went to The Cleveland Clinic May 17th and they downgraded my condition from the moderate that my local cardiologist told me to the critical that I actually am. I'm .08-.09 but gradient is still holding. I'm anxious to read more posts from you. Misery loves company and its a small comfort knowing others are feeling the same emotions. So how is your quality of life? Feeling any related symptoms?
Hi Ronald. Sounds like you and I are in the same boat. A week ago from today my Dr. told me I had entered the "critical" stage and will need surgery soon. I get my cardio cath today and will hopefully meet with a surgeon next week.
This site has been amazing. It's so helpful to hear successful stories, so reassuring. Anyway, know that you are not alone. I'm walking this road with you.