Aortic Stenosis, Joined December 17, 2021
Joined December 17, 2021
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Here are some observations about before surgery to now:
I'm now at the point of saying months instead of weeks - post op two months now based on date. Last week the cardiologist cut my Metoprolol to 25 mg once a day and my Rosuvastatin from 40 mg to 20 mg. I'm still on low dose baby aspirin. Cardiologist said I'm doing great and had a normal EKG. I will have my first post op Echocardiogram in June, and assuming all is fine, I will go to only seeing my Cardiologist once a year.
Before surgery I would have told you that I had no symptoms, however when we take a walk now my heart feels lighter. I can't exactly explain what I mean, but it feels like it's a bit less effort. We try to walk twice a day totaling about 4 miles every day. My pulse before surgery went high very quickly, especially up hills, now it doesn't, which could be due in part to the Metoprolol. I started sleeping in a bed versus recliner at 5 weeks post surgery and feel totally comfortable now. I don't feel like I have any limits and many days I don't think about my heart. This surprises me as I had known for over 2 years that the surgery would be inevitable. Sometimes I feel like I have more time because I'm not obsessing and looking hundreds of things up on Google and doing "research". Life's pace has gone back to what it was around me and in many ways it's like the surgery never happened. It's amazing how quickly life can move on.
The one thing I always want to remember every day is to thank God for all of you on this website, the medical team and my husband and family. I feel so blessed to feel so good! I post this in the hopes that it may help someone who is still waiting for surgery and fearing the worst. If you are, my prayer is for you to calm those fears, lean on your faith and know that it's possible to face surgery with positive expectations for a quick recovery!