Dianne Agot a new guestbook post
17 hours ago
Vern Ahlo writes, "Diane,
Positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family while you Rock this surgery!"
Kevin Stevensposted an update
18 hours ago
Angiogram this Wednesday and valve/aortic aneurysm repair next Tuesday at Keck USC.
Worried about my preparedness but will work at keeping joyful about a successful recovery.
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Christopher Maygot a new guestbook post
18 hours ago
Yolanda writes, "Love you ♥️"
Dianne Agot a new guestbook post
20 hours ago
Tom McDonald writes, "Dianne,
wishing you all the best on surgery day tomorrow , and for a speedy recovery!"
Janice Westposted a photo
20 hours ago

Celebrating a healthy and happy heart with my amazingly gifted heart surgeon.   See my other pictures.

Susan Lynn  Great photo, Janice!
Jennifer McInerney  Love the t-shirt!
Tracy Fallu  Heart surgeons are miracle workers.
Fay Kozas  Janice, you both look great! And, I love the t-shirt!
Dianne Agot a new guestbook post
21 hours ago
Jeff W writes, "Hi Dianne! Sending prayers for your surgery tomorrow 😊"
John Moralesgot a new guestbook post
21 hours ago
Kaaren Carone writes, "Hang in there, John—you will soon be on the recovery side. Best wishes for an uneventful surgery and a smooth recovery."
Dianne Agot a new guestbook post
21 hours ago
Kaaren Carone writes, "Best wishes for smooth surgery and quick recovery!"
Kenneth Millerjust updated his profile
23 hours ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

Kenneth Millerposted an update
23 hours ago
Scheduled for open heart valve replacement surgery in 3 weeks. Not sure what to expect. I am a 72 year old male with a bicuspid valve and not a candidate for TAVR surgery. Would ... Read more
Christopher May  Hi Kenneth. Looks like you and I are in the same boat the same week. Although I can’t answer your questions, you’ve come to the right place. Good luck with your journey. We’ll tackle this together!
D. Carol Moore  Your journey will be great--- with 'bull dog faith'! Trust God and do whatever you have to do in the natural. Read my Journal. I'm a 25 yr recipient of DVR ... Read more
Diane Maher  Kenneth, I was 70 when I had my AVR in August. I had a rough month after surgery due to two episodes of what was described as 'chemical induced a-fib' and ... Read more
Gerald Poulton  Hi Ken, I had a bicuspid valve as well, I had my surgery about 18 months ago and I was 65 years old at the time. I was in good shape when I went in which helped ... Read more
Kenneth Miller  Thanks everyone for your support. Trying to get my head wrapped around the upcoming surgery. To say the least I’m scared but with my family’s support and ... Read more
Bruce Adams  Don't be worried. There is not much you can do so why worry. The night before my surgery was pretty much sleepless and suppose that's when it really hit me. ... Read more
John Moralesposted an update
1 day ago
To my Heart Warrior family OK my OHS for a Mitral & tricuspid repair or replace is in two days Wed I go in tomorrow for the final pre test and stay they night my surgery is at 9AM ... Read more
Tee Ad  You are not alone!! Nervous, sick to my stomach, exhausted, ready to get the surgery behind me—that’s how I felt! You will get through this!!!
Tom McDonald  John, you are not alone. I can only imagine how you feel because, since I was told I need OHS to replace my aortic valve I feel the same as you. OHS scares ... Read more
Susan Lynn  We were all frightened, John. You are absolutely not alone. The more worked up I got, the harder it became for me to breathe. It was more anxiety than ... Read more
Jeff W  Hi John, it’s Cathy. I can tell you that before Jeff’s surgery we were BOTH anxious, nervous, and ready to put it behind us. Everyone said the anxiety ... Read more
David Moore  John, this is Cheryl. I know David went thru some of the same emotions but he kept his mind occupied by planning for his recovery at home. Knowing he needed ... Read more
Diane Maher  John, I was given a 1/2 sleeping tab the night before and when I arrived at the hospital I was completely calm, I changed into my gown and hooked up to an ... Read more
D. Carol Moore  Hi John: Anxious, scared and almost numb... Release those cares to God (1 Peter 5:7). I can only imagine how you feel. Been there, done that but look at me ... Read more
Diane Maher  P.S. John....I am celebrating six months on the 20th and in six months you will be where I am...celebrating your six months❤️❤️
Marie Myers  I was scared, anxious, and just dreading the whole thing. But I just knew I had to do it, and got on that stretcher. The nurse anesthetist gave me some Versed ... Read more
Marjorie Murphy  I was 76 when I had my aortic and mitral valve replaced. I am almost 6 months post op. Physically I am doing great. I have been dealing with anxiety but ... Read more
steve godbey  John, it is natural to have anxiety prior to any surgery, especially heart surgery. You have to look at the success rate for this type of surgery, which is ... Read more
Christopher Mayposted a journal
1 day ago
Old School Jammies and Amazon Mints
While enjoying a lazy holiday off work with the kids, my last Amazon order of surgery prepping supplies was delivered. I’m now the proud owner of a bathrobe, house slippers, and ... Read more
Debbie Kelly  I love your attitude and sense of humor, Christopher! Wishing you the very best. In no time, you will be on the recovery side, telling us more stories! I can't wait until the next laugh or two!!!!
Christopher May  Thanks, Debbie! I can’t wait to be on the recovery side. The waiting and unknown on this side aren’t much fun.
Susan Lynn  Christopher - what an entertaining post. Good to know your sense of humor isn't affected. It's definitely not going to be easy for your family, mints notwithstanding, ... Read more
Christopher May  Thanks, Susan! My sense of humor never seems derailed. It’s seen me through a lot, but has gotten me in trouble on occasion as well. I do believe I’ll be ... Read more
Thomas Brusstar  Great attitude! Regarding the pocket, this is NOT advice, but I suspect jammy pockets were often used for carting around a pack o' smokes. Not a good idea. ... Read more
Dianne A  My last order arrived Saturday, and I'm wearing into the hospital tomorrow! Feel the beat.  https://teddythedog.com/collections/feel-the-beat-orders-close-february-28 ... Read more
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Christopher May  Thomas, you’re probably right. I have enough issues, so I’ll stay away from the smokes. I enjoyed reading your journal!
Christopher May  Wow, Dianne, you’re almost there! I’ll bet you’re excited to get this in the rear view mirror. Good luck tomorrow! I’ll be following your progress!
Kaaren Carone  Great story! I’ve been shopping old school jammies too...will have to give some thought to what I’ll put in that pocket!
Catie B  You've got all the goods now! BTW, my hospital gown had a pocket that contained the heart monitoring device the whole time. I hope you will be as impressed ... Read more
Christopher May  Kaaren, good luck with your hunt and upcoming surgery.
Christopher May  Catie, I know there are many great places, but I think CC is among the best in the world and I’m lucky enough to live nearby. Thank you!
Rita Savelis  Lovely post, Christopher. Take care.
Tracy Fallu  Loved your humor! You are going to do great! One day, one step at a time.
Fay Kozas  Christopher, I so enjoyed reading your writing. Great sense of humor. Your grandma and grandpa are looking down at you and will send you their blessing from ... Read more
Martha Deanposted an update
1 day ago
18 months post surgery for atrial and aortic valve replacement with mechanical valves. I can still hear or feel every heartbeat. Its worse at night and is beyond annoying. ... Read more
Sommer Russell  I hear you! And my valve. I sleep with a sound machine.
Sommer Russell  I, too, feel every beat in my chest and in my neck, and often in my throat. If you are sitting next to me you can hear it. I’m only 12 weeks out, but I ... Read more
Rita Savelis  Hi Martha and Sommer. I've had 2 mechanical valves for 4 years now. I remember a post by a friend and fellow 2 valver who wrote about wanting to design a t-shirt ... Read more
Mark Craven  For me it wasn't too annoying about feeling and hearing every heartbeat but the fear that my heart wasn't quite right because I thought it was beating too hard. ... Read more
Bruce Adams  I have the On-X aortic valve. It's been a little loud but have gotten use to it over the last few weeks. It's weird that my GF hears it when she is next to ... Read more
Martha Deanposted an update
1 day ago
Question to those who have been on the recovery side for a significant period of time.....how often do you see your cardiologist for follow ups and what do they do? I had double ... Read more
Marie Myers  I am almost 2 years post op AVR and aortic aneurysm with root replacement. So far I have had 3 cardiology visits and 1 echocardiogram. I think if everything ... Read more
Catie B  I'm class of '16. Once my complications calmed down, things shifted to annual cardiologist visit with echo. I was told some insurers may balk at an annual ... Read more
Sommer Russellposted a journal
1 day ago
12 weeks post-op
I’ve not been as active on here. I’ve been busy with rehab and weekly INR checks. Everything is progressing nicely except I am still short of air. I yawn all the time trying... Read more
Marie Myers  Yes. I had a very subtle form of this, which I believe is Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome. For me, trying the Buteyko Breathing techniques helped, as did ... Read more
Sommer Russell  I don’t hyperventilate, but I do over inflate my lungs. I try taking in a deep breath and it isn’t satisfying so I a gasp in more air at the end of inhalation. ... Read more
Marie Myers  I don't hyperventilate either. It is a very subtle chronic over -inflation, just like you describe. I am betting yours will get better with time also.
Sommer Russell  Oh Marie, I hope so. I also have short episodes of fast heartbeat. Like from 3 to 20 seconds. Did you experience this?
Marie Myers  Yes. I experienced the rapid, sometimes irregular beats early in my recovery. I was happy that none of the episodes lasted longer than 20 minutes. They eventually ... Read more
Sommer Russell  Oh, me too!
Shannon Gray  Sommer... it’ll be 3 years post surgery for me this week as I still have the same issues, although not as bad. Summertime with the humidity makes it worse. ... Read more
Salvatore Cafierojust updated his profile
1 day ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

Salvatore Cafieroposted an update
1 day ago
Hello my newly found friends! My name is Salvatore Cafiero, I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I have Mitral Valve Prolapse Regurgitation and it has become serious enough to require ... Read more
Susan Lynn  Hello, Salvatore! You're in the right place. Please feel free to ask any questions you have - there are lots of mitral valve heart warriors on the site. Always happy to help!
Jeff W  Hi Salvatore! My name is Cathy - my husband Jeff also had severe mitral regurgitation. His surgery was Feb 7th of this year. I agree with you about this site!! ... Read more
Hannah N Boggsgot a new guestbook post
1 day ago
Tommy James writes, "Hannah, I hope you already know this but I wanted to make sure you know that you are loved by Kathy & me, along with all of The Judah Riders, and that you are in our thoughts and ... Read more
leslie terjesenjust updated her profile
1 day ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

leslie terjesen  Tomorrow is the day; feel like I've been talking about this with friends forever but really since December. We are leaving for NY Presbyterian around 2 today ... Read more
Susan Lynn  All the best, Leslie! You've got this!!!! ❤
John Isham  All our Heart Warrior Prayers are with you and your family! You will do just fine! Praying for a very successful surgery and an excellent recovery! Keep us posted on your recovery!
Tee Ad  Good luck!
Catie B  Best to you, Leslie! I was still asymptomatic when the stenosis became severe, but surgery proved it was definitely time. Prayers for your speedy recovery!
Mabel Juricposted a journal
1 day ago
YAY!!!!!!!!! GOLF, NO FEAR
Next step for me is attempting to swing my clubs, been Nov last year since I have played on a course. I went out Sunday, thinking just chip , light pitch and putt. Warm up was ... Read more
John Isham  Excellent News! Keep moving forward and conquer those negative fears!
Susan Lynn  Pure inspiration!! Thanks for sharing this story, Mabel, and continued success with your recovery!
Jeff W  I loved this post! Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiration 😊
Dan Vechiola  Congratulations Mabel! That must have felt great. I want to return to golf this spring but I am having left shoulder soreess during full extension. Its common ... Read more
Mabel Juric  Hello, Dan! I felt so thrilled that I was able to not have pain in the sternum. That was my biggest fear of all. I had played 3 times a week prior to the ... Read more
Mike Henning  Go for it! My surgery was April 6, 2017. Played my first round of golf June 2, 2017. In addition my handicap is down from what was about a 14. Right now ... Read more
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