I am now 20 months post AVR. I have a porcine valve and have begun to notice increased fatigue, shortness of breath and episodes of bigeminy. These are the symptoms I felt before the valve replacement. I had been experiencing significant improvement until these symptoms slowly creeped up. Has anyone experienced similar symptoms so long after AVR? Are these valves ever known to fail so soon? I would like to hear from anyone who could shed some light on this.
I am now 3 months and 2 weeks post AVR and have had a generally uneventful recovery. But lately I find myself having a lot of dizziness. I keep myself well hydrated and drink very little caffeine and no soda. My BP is normal. Has anyone in the valve replacement community experienced anything like this? Your input would be much appreciated.
Another day, another unexpected setback. I saw the cardiologist for a follow up appointment today and was in an irregular rhythm again with episodes of dizziness.I am now wearing a 7 day monitor to determine whether or not I may need a pacemaker, I sure wasn't counting on this. 🙁