I'm 55 years old and live in San Angelo, Texas. Exactly one week ago on a Friday evening (12/11/20) I began experiencing tachycardia and arrhythmia. I ended up in the hospital and was finally able to convert to a normal rhythm. One last test before I was to be sent home. Unfortunately the sonogram showed mild to severe aortic stenosis with regurgitation. The initial recommendation was for a valve replacement.
The news hit me like a TON of bricks. I went from being very active (years of running, powerlifting and rowing) to feeling...terrified, depressed, anxious, fragile and probably a dozen other emotions.
The cardiologist in the hospital said that my prognosis is good and said that I can continue to exercise (not weightlifting) while I wait for a followup appointment with her on the 29th to see what's next. I am currently on meds and injections to get my blood thinner.
I wonder worry about many things including: Will I survive the procedure? Will I live to see my daughter graduate? Will I be able to remain active or will I have to give up many of the activities that I love?
I have so much more on my mind, but this is my starting place.
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