What an experience, the valve surgery appeared to be a straightforward procedure and it pretty well went that way, textbook. I woke in the ICU and thought that the tube down my throat was the worst thing, well it’s not. The most relief was when they removed two of the chest tubes, game changer,instant relief and I figured smooth sailing from here out. Well it seems that my valve was is worst shape than I
knew, more area had to remove and used a larger valve 25mm Avalus by Medtronic’s. Day two or recover doctor told me that I would need a pacemaker installed, something called AV block. Well an additional day added and pacemaker installed went home.
Wow, just got off the phone with my surgeon, he has me scheduled for Wednesday 3 March 2021. Sort of caught me off guard I wasn’t expecting it to come up so soon, my symptoms have increased and it probably a good thing to do it now.
Yesterday I awoke not feeling to good, a little lightheaded. I looked at my Apple Watch that has heart monitoring and had 6 notifications of A-Fib. I have been sleeping with my watch for months and have never had an indication of a problem. I did another ECG and it showed A-Fib It finally cleared around 7PM, I will make an appointment on Monday. Not good!
Well, I opened an email about heart valve surgery, Adams page what a godsend. To tell you the truth, when my current doctor told me that the echo wasn’t that good and I needed to plan to have the valve replaced it shocked me, in my mind that was a death sentence. But after doing research and looking at all the info on Adams page and reading everyone’s blogs I started to get a little comfort and relaxed a little. My cardiologist recommended a few surgeons at Emory Atlanta and I researched and picked Dr. Edward Chen. Unfortunately for me he took another job at Duke University and recommended two of his colleagues, I researched again and picked Dr. Bradley Leshnower. I researched the three Emory hospitals not sure where but after meeting with Dr. Leshnower he uses the university hospital. We plan to get this done in April.
When doing my Army exit physical the doctor heard a click and suggested I see a cardiologist, that was in Oct. 98. Diagnosis bicuspid aortic valve. I have over 20 years with no symptoms, I get checked every 6 mo.