I am hoping someone can give me some encouragement. In August, 2015, I had two of my valves replaced with mechanical ones. I was doing fine until I started having some strokes in 2016 luckily with no residual effects. The only cause they could determine was the mechanical valves so I was scheduled to have them replaced with tissue ones in January. A week before this surgery I suffered a larger stroke. With clot- busting medicine I don't seem to have any residual effects from this either so they did the surgery and replaced the valves. Physically I seem to be doing fine, but I am depressed. I am retired and have no family around here. I try to find things to do around the house, but it's hard to find interest in doing anything. My worst symptom is not being able to get back to sleep at night. I can fall asleep and sleep for 3-5 hours, but cannot get back to sleep. I am taking an anti-depression. I'm hoping hearing from some of you can help me out. I had my stroke and surgery in January of this year. I am in cardiac rehab now.
I am a wreck. I was told several years ago that eventually I would need both my mitral and aortic valves replaced. Now that I have retired the symptoms are there and we are looking at surgery dates. My shortness of breath keeps getting worse, signs of congestive heart failure, but worst of all is my insomnia. I'm sure it's a combination of anxiety and the heart problems, but it is driving me crazy! My doctor has tried several different meds, but no luck. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate your help.