andrew laymonposted an update
16 hours ago

Ok, made it. 5 days post up and hopefully to it home today. Ended up with some new diagnoses afterwards, which can happen and everyone is hoping will resolves after a few weeks.

Jake Viznerposted an update
18 hours ago
I had aortic valve replaced on Aug 27, 2018. I recovered and went to back to work in 4 weeks. My resting heart rate used to be 55-60 bps before surgery, now it is 70-80 bps. Does ... Read more
Tom Bartolomei  I’m 4 weeks post AVR and like you, my heart rate pre-surgery was in the same range. Now post op, my resting heart rate is 70-75. I’m on a pretty healthy ... Read more
Meredith Bray  Yep. I was in the 55-65 range pre-op, and post op with my mechanical I am a pretty solid 72. It's been about 5 years. But the first year after surgery I was closer to 80.
James A. Corbettposted a photo
20 hours ago

My MV surgery is Tuesday, Dec. 18. and I'm ready to go. I got my hair cut, I'm going to lay out my clothes and my wife is ready to drive me to Cedars. Thanks for all your support.   See my other pictures.

James A. Corbett  Hello friends, my MV surgery is this Tuesday, Dec. 18. Today I had my last visit to Cedars-Sinai Heart Center for some final tests and a pre-op interview. ... Read more
Tracy Fallu  You appear calm and ready to be on a path of feeling better. As you turn your day over to the medical team you carefully picked, know we will be thinking of you. 🙏
John Morales  Wishing you much success as I just start mine all the best and Gods speed
Susan Lynn  James - you sound like you're ready to go! You're in great hands with Dr. Trento. I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday and we'll be here awaiting your good news!
Dan Baltazor  You got this James! Praying for you and we'll waiting to see you in recovery!
Rob Sparling  Looking and sounding good, James! You got this! “Plan your work and then work your plan! “ ❤️💪
Janice Smith  You are looking fantastic and ready for this surgery. Positive thoughts and prayers coming your way.
Andrea Webbgot a new guestbook post
20 hours ago
Christine Wypyhoski writes, "I am having surgery to replace my aortic valve and fix my 4.4 cm aneurysm on the 20th. Prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery."
Andrea Webb  Same to you Christine!!
Kate Clarkposted a journal
20 hours ago
So Open ❤️ surgery T-Minus 7 days and counting down!
I have crossed all of my t’s and dotted all of my i’s. I have written, signed, witnessed, & notarized my will, living will, and medical power of attorney. I have packed my ... Read more
Dan Baltazor  Sounds like you got this! Praying for you.
Rob Sparling  Solid! Way to go. Dig in, hold on, focus on the other side! You can do this! ❤️💪
Susan Lynn  Kate- you're more than prepared! You're going to do just fine and be home unpacking that bag before you know it! Please keep us posted on your progress! ❤
Mark Jaycox  Hi Kate, you got this. I just had my AVR surgery on the 4th with Dr Barnhart. I’m less than two weeks post and recovering well. You’ll love Swedish and they’ll take good care of you.
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Molly Iversposted an update
23 hours ago
Had a great visit at the surgeon's office today. All meds are gone, all bans are lifted - I feel like my transformation is complete. My former human dynamo, sassy self is returning... Read more
Rob Sparling  Way to go, Molly! You sound great! 👍
Dan Baltazor  Great news!
Susan Lynn  Victory! Congrats, Molly! ❤
Karrie Irby-Williamsgot a new guestbook post
23 hours ago
Mariann writes, "HI Karrie,
My daughter was 17 when she had surgery18 months ago, at an "adult" hospital.Talk about scary, she was the youngest one on her floor by decades. Her HR stayed in the ... Read more
Debra Gioquindogot a new guestbook post
1 day ago
FayKozas writes, "I agree with everyone. See another cardiologist. There are so many great cardiologists in Mount Sinai Hospital in N.Y. And, they will accommodate. Debbie, it means peace of mind."
Janice Smithposted a journal
1 day ago
Update on Valve Leakage
Merry Christmas! Haven't posted in quite a while, but try to keep up with everyone's postings. My valve leak continues to stay the same, as I continue to have my echo's. ... Read more
Susan Lynn  Welcome back, Janice. I'm sorry to hear about your complications. I hope you experience continued improvement. Merry Christmas to you! ❤🎄
Andrea Webbposted a journal
1 day ago
Pre-Surgery Testing Complete
Spent several hours today going through pre-surgery tests, including ultrasound of my carotid, ultrasound vein mapping of my legs, chest xray, EKG, and lots of lab work. Tests ... Read more
Dan Baltazor  Andrea, I agree with the nurse. My biggest discomfort and annoyance while in the hospital were the drain tubes. It is great once those come out. I don't ... Read more
Brian Havlin  Had surgery 11/26. I was also worried about the tube. Turns out I hardly remember the breathing tube because of the anesthesia.
Sara Moyce  Hi Andrea, my mitral valve repair was 11/28. I too was dreading waking up with the breathing tube. I was briefly awake (maybe a few minutes - seemed like!) ... Read more
Thomas Brusstar  The chest tubes are absolutely the source of the most pain. I was awake for I suppose an hour or two with the breathing tube. It wasn’t really uncomfortable ... Read more
Molly Ivers  Yes, the chest tube was awful. They will guide you how to breathe when they remove tubes to lessen the shock, but it is weird like some David Cronenberg film. ... Read more
Rob Sparling  Chest tubes were the discomfort for me, too. Especially when coming out the suture process was tough. The incision pain and sternum pain was never a problem ... Read more
Susan Lynn  Be sure to communicate your concerns about the breathing tube with the anesthesiologist before surgery. Mine was a nonevent. Removal of chest tubes were ... Read more
Andrea Webb  Thank you everyone for all of the information, it is so much appreciated!
Bill Pollardposted a journal
1 day ago
60 day anniversary
Hard to believe it was 60 days ago that Dr. Robert Lancey performed open heart surgery on me to replace my calcified and bicuspid aortic valve with a bovine valve. Again the ... Read more
Dan Baltazor  AND you SHOULD be proud!!!
Barbara Wood  Excellent progress!
Christine Wypyhoski  Wow! Excellent!
Susan Lynn  Amazing, Bill! You're a walking advertisement for OHS. Continued success!
Rob Sparling  Truly impressive! Good to document for yourself and to inspire others. You earned it, no need to feel bashful! Well done!
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Linda Youngposted a journal
1 day ago
Diagnosis: Severe Mitral Valve Regurg. w/ ruptured attachmen
I am looking for anyone who has had repair done at Kaiser (Portal Entry) and who their Dr. was. Otherwise I need to talk with someone who has switched from Kaiser to another plan ... Read more
Linda Young  I am looking to speak with a lady named Gena Fiorella whom Dr. Castro recommended I speak with. Anyone know how to get in touch with her?
Sara Moyce  Hi Linda - I am with Kaiser San Francisco; had mitral valve repair on 11/28 and it went very smoothly. I understand my repair was complicated and the surgery ... Read more
Diane Maher  Hi Linda..I believe it is Gina Fiorentino you are trying to connect with. If you search back to March in Adam’s blog which can be found at the top of this ... Read more
Linda Youngposted a photo
1 day ago

Linda Young  Diagnosis: Severe Mitral Valve Regurg. w/ ruptured attachmen
I am looking for anyone who has had repair done at Kaiser (Portal Entry) and who their Dr. was. ... Read more
Mark Jaycoxposted an update
1 day ago

Does any have a recommendation for a cream or ointment that I can use on the incision to help with the scarring?

Lisa Guinan  I just bought Merdema at Walgreens. Can’t really attest to how well it works though.
Tom Bartolomei  I’m going with twice daily application of conventional Vitamin E oil. I’ve read all the pros and cons so not sure its actually doing anything. Surgeon ... Read more
Janice Smith  I used Palmer's Cocoa Butter, and it worked great.
Rita Savelis  My recommendation for your scar is to keep it out of the sun for a year. Then your scar should be able to eventually match the color of the rest of your skin. Take care.
Lilly Blackposted a journal
1 day ago
4 Years and counting!
Hard to believe that today, Dec 14, 2018, will be 4 years since my heart valve replacement! My heart is doing really well, so grateful! thanks to my incredible heart surgeon, Dr. ... Read more
Rita Savelis  Congrats on 4 years....but sorry about your rough time this year. Keep up the CBD and anything else that helps. You are your own best doctor. Take care Lilly.
Catie B  It's great to have word from you, Lilly. I'm so glad you've found an approach that helps you and reduces your symptoms so much! I know it took awhile to get ... Read more
Barbara Wood  Congratulations on 4 years Lilly! Sorry that you've been troubled by migraines, vertigo - and glad to hear that you have found a good way to deal with it. Your ... Read more
Cheryl Batzing  Lllly, hey heart friend! Would love to catch up via text or phone call! Glad your heart is doing well. Sorry for the other issues. My 4 year anniversary is Dec. 16!
Lilly Blackposted a photo
1 day ago

Hard to believe that today, Dec 14, 2018, will be 4 years since my heart valve replacement! My heart is doing really well, so grateful! thanks to my incredible heart surgeon, Dr. Sharo Raissi! Here I am at the Heart Walk….still want to give back and pay   See my other pictures.

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