"Surviving heart disease is a journey, and knowledge can help. But, there is so much we don’t know before we have to face it. Here are some of my thoughts.”
Five things I wish I knew before my heart valve procedure…
1.More information about the potential side effects after surgery, such as anemia, shortness of breath and low endurance; these occurred after my open heart procedure and I’m still coping with symptoms 79 months post-op
2.Time frame for the recovery process…
3.How to cope with the physical limitations
4.How to prepare for the transition; post-surgery
5.More information about the medication I need to take
Five things I know now, after my heart valve replacement & two pacemaker surgeries:
1.Life goes on… but it is a process.
2.It’s very important to notify my cardiologist when I develop any new symptoms; I am so thankful for my doctor.
3.I must keep the lines of communication open with my family & friends about my recovery.
4.Focus on the positive; reach out, give back to the community: help others cope with heart-related issues.
5.Press through the low moments, take one day at a time and never, never give up.
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