Good Morning. I had AVR seven months ago and have been doing great. Joined Cardiac rehab late January and have been going three days a week. May have over done it last week because I was in to the "Wonder Woman" mindset. Monday night I woke with pain and tightness in my chest and my blood pressure spiked to 135/94 at 1:53 am. Remained calm and went back to bed, after an aspirin. The pain finally subsided and I finally drifted back to sleep. At cardiac rehab, they wanted me to check with my doctor before working out, so called his office. After waiting all day for a call back and another call back to the office, I was told not to worry because that high of a BP was not uncommon and I could return to rehab today.
I had a pleural effusion the day before Thanksgiving last year and this feels a lot like that 2 or 3 days before the ER visit. Decided to take it easy again today to give my body a little more rest.
After all that, just wanted to know if anyone else has experienced this months after surgery. Sorry for the "novel".
Just when you think everything is going really well...... You spend the day before Thanksgiving in the Emergency Room. Pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall) causing pain when breathing. Kind of like....someone poking your lung with a sharp object every time you take a breath. After ruling out a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) or pericarditis, it was determined I had a pleural effusion. Not bad enough to drain......thank goodness, just painful. Treated with pain medication and anti-inflammatory and go back to using the spirometer. And I thought I was through with that thing after five weeks. Doing better and back to walking two miles, twice a day.
Just curious, I'm 5 weeks from having my bicuspid aortic valve replaced and have been doing really well. I've had my heart rate go up and my bp stay at a good level, now my bp is trending higher and my heart rate is trending lower. I'm on Atenolol 25 mg and a 325 mg aspirin. Has anyone had this problem and do things settle down at some point?
I had surgery on October 11th. Been doing really well, but my heart rate has been in the 90's for the past four days. Has anyone else had this happen? I'm on Atenolol 25 mg and an aspirin 325 mg. My heart rate was lower before surgery and I'm hoping this is just part of the healing process.
Good Morning All Heart Warriors. It is seven days from surgery this morning. I did very well in the hospital and was allowed to make that seven hour drive home on Saturday.......yes, only four days after surgery. The trip went smoothly, much to our surprise . (and steroids and oxycodone.) I had a few really bad chest pains in the hospital that finally gave me insight in to the "pain game" that nurses so like to play. I was really, really lucky that until Day four I had manageable pain with the help of Prince Oxy. Day four brought on the dreaded "pain break through". I am managing my pain with only one 5mg every four hours. As I have said......very lucky.
Just wanted to touch base with everyone and let you know that even though I was prepared for the worst, it can be a manageable and , dare I say it, not nearly as bad as you have imagined.
So, knowing what to expect can keep the "panic" down. Good Luck to everyone facing surgery and remember to stay positive and with my family......a very dry sense of humor helps to get us through each day. God Bless.
Trying to get all my tests completed before we leave on Sunday for an appointment on Monday. At least an eight hour drive to meet with the surgeon. Hoping it is a good fit. I have severe stenosis of a bicuspid aortic valve with an enlarged aortic root and ascending aorta. It goes without saying that I am scared and hope that surgery will be scheduled soon.
I have an appointment with Dr. Accola at the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute. Trying to get through the maze of finding a hospital and surgeon has been really difficult. Hopefully things will start to go more smoothly. Please share your story with me if you have had surgery in Orlando, Fl. Thanks.
I was told last year that I had a bicuspid aortic valve and an enlarged ascending aorta. Last week I had my annual echocardiogram. I have an appointment on Monday and am expecting the news to be surgery is required. Preparing myself for this possible outcome. trying to remain calm, while screaming on the inside.