Fisher, my 3 year old grandson making sure that papa gets his walks in!
Update posted on...
February 13, 2020
Well, so that irritating increase in heart rate did turn in to a case of atrial flutter. As we've seen in many posts here not uncommon for AFIB or Atrial Flutter to develop during the healing phase. Doesn't make it any easier, having your heart pounding away constantly...very weird and unsettling. Upped the Metoprolol to 50mg 2x a day and added a precautionary Xarelto (now there was a Rx sticker shock!). After a couple of days I will admit that it seems to be working well...managed almost 1.5 mile walk yesterday morning with my grandson and daughter and start cardiac rehab this morning. Just a little bump in the road....slow and steady baby! I can't thank all of the people who are supporting me enough...this would be an impossible task without them!
Little over 2 weeks post-op from AVR today - all things considered it's going well! I'm not very good at being a patient and I did try a little too hard on one of my walks last week and the body let me know I may have pushed it a little too hard...LOL. The only difficulty I've noticed is an occasional increased heart rate - not AFIB by any stretch but noticeable. Keep on keeping and let the healing happen!