Had my year and a half echo test done last week and everything is A-OK. "See you in a year" was a sweet sound to hear. I've dropped 23 pounds since the surgery and there was not a single "high" or "out of range" from my extensive blood work. I feel blessed. Hope your results are as good as mine have been.
After 5 months I finally took matters into my own hands and stopped taking the Lisinopril which I had taken for several years.
Within 3 days the cough was gone.
My BP? Believe it or not, it has fallen and is now around 110/70 and the only think I am taking is the HCTZ diuretic.
So after my valve replacement, this is the only med I am on. Of course the cardiologist is grumbling but he admits I did the right thing.
There is hope!
I previously mentioned a persistent cough as a long lasting side effect from my valve replacement surgery.
After 5 follow up doctor visits and 5 months post op, the cough is still there in various degrees of severity.
They had put me on atorvastatin after the surgery. 40 mg. Yesterday I read that it can cause throat irritation and coughing.
Does anyone know of this and could this be the lost link to getting rid of this cough? Nothing like coughing after having your chest split open to make your day...and night.
Is a Chronic Cough after valve surgery a normal thing?
Journal posted on April 29, 2016
I had aortic valve stenosis surgery on Dec. 29, 4 months ago today. My recovery has been uneventful and quick. I am just about back to normal, but better than before. The only issue is that I developed a cough a couple of weeks after the surgery and still have it today. For the most part it is a dry cough but when it gets more severe I do cough up a thick plug of yellowish to whitish flim. I have been back to the cardio doc twice and to a GP 3 times and no one knows what is causing it. Antibiotics did nothing. Cough medicine like Nyquil helped a little but only temporarily. It feels like the point of irritation is just at the point where the trachea meets the throat. Could this have been caused by the breathing tube they inserted?