Not quite sure how to start this story, but allow me to give a quick history of how this condition was discovered.
I frequently have sinus infections, and as such, when the condition gets bad enough, I visit my doctor. During my doctor visit on July 22, 2021 and during the normal evaluation, the Dr. heard a murmur. She immediately stopped the sinus evaluation, grabbed my chart, and wheeled in the EKG machine. EKG was normal, but she was very concerned about the murmur due to the fact that she has seen me on numerous occasions, and never heard the murmur before. She directed me to immediately get a ECG at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley, IL.
The ECG was completed on August 5, 2021. The Technicians (apologize if this is not the correct medical professional classification) were great and the lead Tech allowed the medical student to perform the ECG. Both were great and I would recommend the location to anyone.
During the review on August 6, 2021of the ECG results, the Cardiologist (Dr. Kher) immediately called me to schedule an appointment. The initial finding was a severe mitral valve regurgitation.
After hearing this, I wasn't quite sure how to respond. I am an Engineer, so research and investigation is second nature. I immediately starting researching what was mitral valve regurgitation, what causes it, and what is the "fix". So, here I am. This site and the information has been greatly beneficial and I continue to research on a daily basis.
I had my first in-person meeting with Dr. Kher on August 11, 2021 and he further explained the condition and the repair options. I am currently scheduling TEE imaging to further evaluated the valve condition.
I would be lying to say that I am not scared, nervous, and anxious about this whole situation. I consider myself a "fixer". When something is broken, people bring it to me to figure out an fix. Now, I am the one that is broken and it's a different feeling for me. This is certainly a journey in life I wasn't expecting, but I can see I am not alone and will draw strength and courage by the thousands of people that have already traveled this path.
Again, wasn't sure how to start my story, but here I am.