Hi Denise, I had aortic valve replacement, but I was put on Toprol as well for my HR. I was on a total of 50 mg twice a day while in the hospital, that was cut to 75 mg once a day upon discharge, was cut to 50 mg once a day at about 2 weeks, then cut to 25 mg at about 1 month. We cut it to 12.5 mg. at week 8, then stopped it completely a week later. My HR was only slightly elevated following surgery. I think it is pretty common to be on the Toprol to "give your heart a rest" following surgery. Trouble is...my BP is low anyway and the Toprol made it even lower. My HR is anywhere from 60 BPM to 80 BPM. I found that the Toprol itself made me feel sluggish, tired and just plain yucky! Hope you feel much better soon.
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
I actually had the opposite with too low heart rate and BP. However; I was told by my team that the higher heart rate can occur after these surgeries. I am sure that if this is the case your docs will confirm same. I realize it is a bit scary though. Hang in there. Karen Campo
Hi Ric and Denise,
Denise, I, too have a high heart rate (had my surgery on 5/14). My resting heart rate is between 88-106. My MD says that between 60-100 is the average for acceptable HR.. however, for me, due to low weight (113 lbs), she is ok with me going up to 120-130 with exercise (i.e. walking). I think of myself as a little bird with a fast HR. I "hear" it can take up to 6 mos. for things to settle down.. I take metoprolol twice daily. I just went to the ER this week feeling poorly with a high HR.. however, my heart checked out fine; we think my thyroid med is causing the problem. All in all, I suspect it will just take a while for our bodies to get used to all this "newness." I am trying to take everyone's advice.. i.e. relax and let your body heal and get adjusted at its own pace. But I know.. it's very hard to do..
Hang in there.. I have you in my thoughts and prayers today and always. Kind Regards, Kate Rooney, fellow HVJer :)
I had valve repairs last October, and my heart rate has been jumping all over the place ever since. For the first couple months it would go from normal (60) to 120 or more at random times. At months 3 thru 7, it would go from the upper 30's to well over 100 all day long. It has been better this last month, but it certainly isn't normal. Been back to CCF for this, but really didn't get any answers.
All good wishes for an uneventful recovery.....Godspeed.
I had my Mital Valve repaired in December after being diagnosed with severe regurgitation the week before. My HR prior to surgery was in the 60's, the 5 months following surgery it was over 100 resting. It has slowly fallen to the 80's now but goes right up to 115 when I stand and walk. I finished rehab a couple of months ago and now do the elliptical 5 days a week and light weight training 2 days. I'm getting much stionger but can't jog with out my HR going over my limit fast. Drs say the heart is re-remodeling, it can take a very long time to go back to normal. I believe most people slow down after a couple of months depending on how I'll they we're before surgery. I'm 50 a yr old female and was very fit but did not know I had a congenital defect until my primary care physician sent me from his office to the ER in an ambulance. I thought I was having a severe reaction to some oil based paint that was being used in my house. You are pretty fresh from surgery, it really can take a lot longer to recover in reality then the studies report. If you were very physically active before, then it can be frustrating waiting to be "back to normal". Get you exercise but don't push yourself past what is safe and you will get stronger soon.
Ok...so Denise, you are having your hair shampooed, so I know you are on your way! Each day does get better, especially when all the tubes and lines are out! Look forward to hearing soon that you have been discharged! Tell the staff on J6 that I said "hello". Welcome to the "other side"!
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
Excellent news Ric! Your previous post about Denise's status was really moving. Hopefully you guys got a CCF room with a view, and if not, the nurses are always happy to accommodate a room switch if you request one.
Praying for a continued smooth recovery.
Hi Ric and Denise, Glad to hear the good news. I know those are the longest hours in ones life is the waiting for the news. Did it twice with my Dad and Daughter. So now I am prepared. You take care of yourself and both of you get a lot of rest. Here is for a speedy recovery and the best to you.
For the long haul
Just now reading backwards a little in your journal, and your entry from the night before was SO comforting! About your doctor saying it was understandable that you were scared, but that he, the doc, was not. How aptly put and what words of strength and assurance! I am going to remember that come Thursday, my big day.
So glad to hear your surgery went well.....especially since you had such a rough pre-op! The first day is the hardest, so stay strong and you will be in step down before you know it. Then you can rest and recover.
You and I are the same age, so I have been following your journal closely. I had my mitral and tricuspid valves repaired at CCF last October.
You are in my prayers for a full and speedy recovery!
Hi Denise. Good luck getting any sleep tonight. I didn't and have read that most do not. I'm eagerly awaiting your first update. You will do great and I have no doubt you'll come through strong. It will be difficult and there will be some pain, but the doctors and nurses at CCF will do their best and your attitude will make this whole process as likely to succeed as possible.
Prayers coming your way from the Hunts! Get ready to climb!
Hi, Denise --
Another *former* regurgitator checking in and wishing you all the very best for tomorrow. There's a whole bunch of us who climbed that mountain and are waiting for you on the other side. Unfortunately, we don't have food, you'll have to eat the yucky hospital stuff. But we're cheering you on!!
That is a wonderfully comforting comment from your surgeon. Sort and to the point...perfect.
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and sending healing thoughts (my version of praying).
You'll do great!
Good luck to you tomorrow morning. I will be thinking of you and saying a prayer for your well being and I will also be asking all the angels (especially my favorite Raphael) to watch over you and heal you.
Sounds like you had a pretty rough time with the cath procedure or rather the aftermath of the cath, but I'm glad it all worked out for you. I am having my cath done on June 11 and it will be thru the wrist rather than the groin.....so we'll see how that goes.
Anyway, I will watch for posts on you and again I send lots of blessings your way.
Mornin girlfriend.... ditto to what Dave said in his post. Now... just stop foolin around already... scaring everyone and all... Halloween isn't til October! I hope you are teaching everyone how to play Euchre!!! You are truly the luckiest person I know!!! Remember to giggle and laugh and have fun. God made us and we are very amazingly put together!!! May God's Grace and Wisdom and Healing be with you every step of this journey.
Wow Denise!!! What a story!!! But thank God (and I mean that, not just a saying) that you had access to CCF and Dr. Roselli! This definitely qualifies as your "bump in the road"! We worry so much about "the big surgery" we don't think about the smaller things that can jump on us. I predict you will have "clear sailing" from here on out! Will have you in my prayers for Tuesday. When you get to ICU and J6 (step down unit) tell everyone I said hello!
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
Denise! Holy cow....thank goodness you acted quickly. You're lucky also that you had the expert staff at CC to deal with the situation. Who knows what you would have ended up with if you were somewhere else.
I had the angeoseal also...no complications other than bruising.
OK....Maybe this counts as your one bump that you're allowed...smooth sailing from here on out.
Will be with you in spirit on Tues rooting you on and sending positive vibes.
Denise, That certainly must have been scary. So glad to hear that you're cleared for Tues. takeoff. I hope you get some rest for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend. My thoughts and prayers will be with you on Tues.
- Jim Smith (Valve surgery 3-13-2012)
I just saw that you are from Dayton - my grandparents were from there and my entire family is addicted to Esther Price chocolate. In fact, my uncle (now in San Diego) just had aortic valve replacement surgery last week and is planning to fuel his recovery with Esther Price as soon as his appetite returns. :)
Safe travels to Cleveland tomorrow. It seems like you are in good hands all around (doctors, family, and friends). I will be sending lots of positive thoughts your way.
Sounds like you're doing great. There's nothing like kisses from grand babies to boost the spirits. I don't have any, but I can only imagine!
best of luck as you leave for Cleveland. So wonderful that your sister lives close by.
Take care. Please let us know how you're doing as you can.
Hi, Denise --
Sounds like you're going into this with all the right stuff: wonderful support and a good, realistic, attitude. There's a place between denial (not thinking about the surgery at ALL) and obsession and it sounds like you're there. From my understanding of the CC, once you walk in the front door and place yourself in their hands, it all just kind of moves along.
My little regurtitator was fixed about 10 days ago and I can watch the process recede as I recover at home.
Hi Denise, how are you holding up? You will be doing your pre-op very soon. I wanted to fast forward through the week too. You are going to do fine, keep up the positive thoughts, practice your relaxation techniques!!! Thinking of you and praying for you! Stay strong