(4/2/2021). I’ve considered revising my story below but have decided to leave it because I think it’s important for people new to this experience to see my initial reaction. The good news is that my AVR surgery was successful, I’ve recovered well and am looking forward to getting on with my life.
(12/20/2020). I am 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 recommendation is for replacement of my aortic valve.
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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March 2, 2021
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