Hello, I am Bill, Janet's husband and biggest fan. I would just like to start by thanking Adam Pick and his web site. This started us on our journey after an EKG was done for cardiac clearance for foot surgery, which showed Mitral Valve prolapse with severe regurgitation.
Janet knew in 2005 that she had Mitral Valve prolapse but the condition was mild. Now it is not and surgery will need to be done.
I will let her take over the story but just wanted to let all of you know that everyones story has been helpful as we go down this road. Adam I don't know what we would have done without your book and the stories.
Yes, thank you Adam and this wonderful heart community.
I have been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, severe mitral valve prolapse and severe mitral regurgitation. One of my prolapsed mitral valve leaflets has broken away. They measure the regurgitation on a scale up to 4, with 4 being the worst, and I am 4. This all came about pretty quickly from my recent foot surgery pre-op tests. Had the foot surgery on 10-24-14 and have been very busy with both the foot surgery and the heart disease diagnosis since then.
My heart function is still good so far, so I am lucky to be able to get it repaired sooner than later. My left atrium is enlarged but will be corrected somewhat after the surgery, which should not be a problem. I will have a medium sternotomy about 5-6 inches.
I can’t wait to get this fixed before it gets worse, as I have been affected by the symptoms, such as doing just the one flight of stairs in the house makes my heart pound out of my chest with shortness of breath, or even at rest at times, and sometimes dizzy, not to mention where this is headed.
I pray for all our heart sisters and brothers for successful outcomes and thank you everyone for sharing, it is very comforting to hear what everyone is experiencing through their journeys. May God bless you all.