I'm having robotic Mitral Valve repair by Dr. Aflredo Trento at Cedars-Sinai on Dec. 18th. Last week I had my dental clearance appointment. She took x-rays ...Read more
I'm having robotic Mitral Valve repair by Dr. Aflredo Trento at Cedars-Sinai on Dec. 18th. Last week I had my dental clearance appointment. She took x-rays and she suggested I get a 3D scan because there were some dark spots on one root. Well, after much back and forth I had a front tooth pulled on Dec.4. I will possibly get a temp tooth tomorrow. Taking antibiotics to get rid of any infection. I return to see the dentist next week. I didn't realize that there was this possibility, but better safe than sorry. Jim
Last week, on November 8th, I had my first meeting with Dr. Alfredo Trento at Cedars-Sinai Heart Center. I had initially gone there to see Dr. Raj Makkar but ...Read more
Last week, on November 8th, I had my first meeting with Dr. Alfredo Trento at Cedars-Sinai Heart Center. I had initially gone there to see Dr. Raj Makkar but I decided I wanted my Mitral Valve repaired using robotic surgery, not replaced. Dr. Trento went over my test results i had done at Cedars and said my valve was bad and I should not put off the surgery. My wife Ruth and I discussed it and decided to set the date for the operation. December 18th was available and we booked it. My question to the community is, with over a month to go before the operation, that I continue my stretching, the the use of light weights/high reps, and to use the elliptical machine for 20 to 30 minutes in a mild mode and keep my heart rate between 130 and 140 b/s. In addition use salt to a minimum, keep alcohol low and increase fruits and veggies. What are the thoughts of the community? Any suggestions about this direction? Thanks in advance, Jim
Hello all, I Just got off the phone with Julie, Dr. Alfredo Trento's scheduling assistant from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. I have an appointment to see him ...Read more
Hello all, I Just got off the phone with Julie, Dr. Alfredo Trento's scheduling assistant from Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. I have an appointment to see him on November 8th. Today I also spoke to my personal Cardiologist, Dr. Witter. He had suggested going to C-S. Dr. W. felt that a Mitral Valve repair is BEST but was a little concerned. He knows, even if it's a robotic surgery it's more invasive than a "Clip" procedure, but he said a clip would only last about 10 years. That would put me at 88 years old. I hope to still be active at 88. Thank you HVS.com. Without you I would not have seen Dr. Trento's video interview. Thank you Adam for starting this site. :)
I will be 78 years old in December, live in Long Beach, California., married 45 years, father of four, and grandfather of 9. I have been very active all of ...Read more
I will be 78 years old in December, live in Long Beach, California., married 45 years, father of four, and grandfather of 9. I have been very active all of my adult life: karate, water skiing, bicycling, windsurfing, wake boarding, kite boarding, stair climbing, and going to the gym. Over ten years ago I was referred to Dr. Bret Witter, a cardiologist in Los Alamitos. For years Iâ€™ve known I had an enlarged heart and that I had mild valve leakage. About two years ago I was diagnosed with A-fib and have been taking Pradaxa and Digoxin. About a month ago, I had an Echocardiogram, followed by a Trans Esophageal Echo. Dr. Witter said my Mitral regurgitation had moved from moderate to a more sever level. He was concerned and said I should be evaluated by a heart surgeon.
Iâ€™m retired but still active. No shortness of breath, no fainting. I walk the dogs two to three times a day. I have kite boarded this summer, but my recent back surgery has prevented a more active participation. I regularly stretch and use mild wights. I walk the two flights of stairs in our home just fine, and I feel great.
One of Dr. Witterâ€™s recommendations was Dr. Raj Makkar at Cedars-Sinai. My records were faxed over and last Thursday, October 18, 2018, I had an appointment at C-S for a battery of tests: vitals, a blood draw, an EKG, and an extensive Echo Cardiogram. Another Trans Esophageal Echo, and last but not least a CT Angio Cardiac Valve Scan.
During my interview with an assistant I was given a disclaimer to read and sign. I was being considered for a feasibility study for a new Transcatheter Heart Valve, the Sapien M3, by Edwards Lifesciences. Cedars has performed 10 implants. A total of 30 have been performed.
Iâ€™ve spent the weekend reading and learning about what I have, what the Edwards M3 is, and what my options are. During my YouTube searching I found "Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery with Dr. David Adams.â€ť It was very enlightening, and that is what led me to Adam Pick and HeartValveSurgery.com. In the words of Dr. Adams from the webinar, â€śItâ€™s always better to keep your own valve... rather than replace it.â€ť
I have yet to be given a follow-up appointment to see Dr. Makkar to discuss my case. In the mean time I am searching for options. One option is to see Dr. Alfredo Trento at C-S. Another is Dr. Vaughn Starnes at Keck Medical at USC. And I am sure there are many others great heart surgeons in the area too.
Right now Iâ€™m going to sit back, wait for my appointment and see what this community might say about my situation.