It will be 4 years this August 2nd that I had my OHS. I have not been on this site in a long time but some advice. Things have been absolutely great up until the last two weeks. Now for the first time since right after the surgery I am having pain in my sternum with certain movements. I am wondering if it is from not much upper body activity and wether or not I need to slowly build it up again.
Anyone else go years with no pain and then pain like mine?
Thanks for reading.
It was a year ago today I had my aortic valve replaced. The recovery is different for everyone. I listened to my doctors and medical experts and did as I was told. At times I might have done a little more but have recovered nicely and am very grateful to have found it in time. Be patient with your recovery. Some days are better than others but the improvement in your overall health continues each day. You will get through it and your health will improve just as mine has.
Thank you Dr Adams, Mt Sinai Hospital staff, Dr Dunsky friends and family and most of all my beautiful loving and supportive wife.
On the eve of my 9 month anniversary of OHS to replace a severely calcified aortic valve, I am posting this message.
I am grateful to Dr Adams and his amazing team at Mt Sinai. I am grateful to this site which provided so much comfort and advice for my wife and I during this difficult time leading up to and then after my OHS.
Now 9 months later there is nothing physically I can not do that I did before and most things I can do longer faster and better. My energy level is very high, my stamina very good and there is absolutely no pain or discomfort from the surgery. To be honest I rarely think about it any more.
I do suggest taking cardiac rehab as soon as your cardiologist OK's it. And I strongly suggest you stay in an exercise program and regimen. I feel healthier fitter and happier when I work out daily. And though at this time you might not think it is possible, know that it is as I am doing it.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about my recovery. I would love to help in any way that I can as others have done for me.
February 2nd was my 6 month anniversary. I almost completely forgot. Outside of slight discomfort when I do preacher curls and lean to hard against the chest pad, it is as if it never happened.
I am working out at the gym 4 or 5 days a week, running, stationary bike riding, doing 45 minutes of free weights, tennis when it is warmer for sure. Life is good and better than before. All is possible now!
I just passed my 5 month mark and all is looking well. Did have a scare with a memory issue but had tests run and all still looks VG. Joined a gym at the end of December. Even in NYC the weather is not always conducive to lots outdoor activities. The gym also affords me the opportunity to bulk up a bit.
It has been 16 weeks since my surgery. Life is pretty much back to normal for me. I do have the occasional tightness in the chest. And once in a while an irregular heartbeat occurs which I am told is fairly normal as long as it does not occur while you are exercising.
I completed my cardiac rehab a week ago and did my final (cardiac rehab) evaluation this past Monday. My target heart rate is now 150 - 160 and my predicted Max METS is 13 (when I started 5 weeks after surgery it was 9).
I was lucky as there were no complications with my surgery. I continue to pray for Rach and others with more serious conditions.
Those in recovery do not give up. Continue to work at it making slow and steady progress while absorbing the occasional hurdle.
And to those about to have surgery continue with confidence. It is not always easy but life will be much better a few months after your surgery.
I am so happy to tell you that 3 months after I left the hospital with my new tissue aortic valve I feel great. I am back to my volunteer job in Central Park, started jogging, bike ridding and even played tennis today. I have 4 more cardio rehab sessions left and they were a blessing.
So for all of you about to have your surgery, know that you will feel so much better a few months after. The truth is I feel better than I have in 5 years, maybe more.
This is very doable and unfortunately if you have aortic stenosis, absolutely necessary.
Just got back from a week in CA. Did a lot of driving along the beautiful Pacific coast. Also worked out each day in the fitness room. And who would have thought just 10 weeks after surgery I would be hiking at 9,000 feet in the Lake Tahoe region.
So for those heading into OHS know there is indeed a wonderful life ahead of you. I am still doing my rehab program and know the chest still needs more time to heal 100% but I am out doing things again without any aortic stenosis symptoms.
It is so hard to believe that two months ago I was being operated on to replace my aortic valve. I am so blessed to have the love and support of my beautiful wife and so many friends and family. Dr Adams and his team are the best. M Sinai was the best hospital for me.
Now I am thriving in cardiac rehab and almost back to 100%. It is not easy but very doable. So for all those heading towards surgery know from us who have gone before that you will be fine. You too can do this.
Wow it has been 7 weeks since my surgery to replace my bicuspid aortic valve. I feel stronger each and everyday and can move about almost without any discomfort. The incision area still feel numb but little by little everything is getting better just as Dr David Adams said it would.
I am very grateful to be feeling better and recovering so well.
I know I know I have a long way to go BUT Wednesday the surgeon and his staff were amazed at how well my recovery was going. And today I started cardiac rehab, which I highly recommend to everyone.
The rehab team had to constantly readjust my levels on all pieces of equipment as I was not being tested enough. They also added an additional piece. So when I return on Monday I start at the new higher levels. I am very psyched to be able to exercise to a degree I feel I am exerting effort and absolutely no sign of stress on the heart, no feeling of dizziness. This is amazing.
Thank you Dr David Adams, Dr Amit Arora and all those at Mt Sinai who gave me back my life. And of course my beautiful wife who has been by my side every step.
Friday I will start my 8 week (3x a week for an hour) cardiac rehab program. Yesterday I completed my baseline test. It felt so good getting past the point I used to begin to faint (pre-op) without out any dizziness. What a great feeling. The heart is good and new aortic valve working great. This morning at 9AM I have my post op meeting with my surgeon.
I am well on my way to recovery. It does feel oh so good.
It is hard to believe it has been 4 weeks today that I was having my aortic valve replaced by Dr David Adams ***** at the Mt Sinai hospital (another 5 stars). And yesterday I was able to spend a wonderful day with the love of my life and wife at the US Open. Life is good!
It was 3 weeks ago I was discharged from Mt Sinai after having my aortic valve replaced on 8/2. When I left the hospital I could barely shower, had difficulty getting out of bed, walking was an effort and the bumpy cab ride home uncomfortable.
Now I shower each day nearly effortlessly, getting in and out of a bed or chair is almost routine and walking outside a few times a day for up to 25 to 30 minutes common.
My biggest challenge now is not trying to go too fast and improve too much each day. Patience has never been my strongest attribute but my beautiful wife / nurse and my support group keeps reminding me I am not in a race. So I am learning to go slower than I would like.
Hello Everyone. Three weeks ago today I was in surgery to replace my severely calcified bicuspid aortic valve. Dr David Adams performed the 5 hour surgery and his team and Mt Sinai took care of me until 8/7 when I was discharged.
Today I am walking 4x a day and often doing 25 minutes a walk without any trouble. The pain has diminished significantly and I reduced all pain meds. On Tuesday I go for my interview and assessment for Cardiac Rehab.
To this point all is going well and I am so encouraged.
Oh my how the time has flown. Today marks the second week of recovery. It seems to get a little better everyday. Yesterday I met with my cardiologist and everything looks good. The only medication I am on is baby aspirin. My sleeping is getting better. The pain is very manageable and I am being a model patient.
For all those about to have surgery, best of luck to you and know you can do it. For those who need the surgery just not sure who or where, I strongly recommend Dr David Adams and Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC. I can never thank them enough for the extra special care they have given me. Truly they have saved my life.
About this time last week I was waking up to get ready to go to the hospital for my surgery. It has not been an easy week but everyday I have made progress. And any progress I have made is primarily due to #1 My wife Michelle who has been there with me every step doing everything she could to make this easier. And #2 Dr Adams and his team, especially Dr Arora who was there everyday and often twice each day. They strived to make this go as perfectly as possible. There is no doubt they saved my life.
Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes. I feel a little better each day albeit weak. Only one drain still in should be out today. Will be home tomorrow or wednesday. I will write again when I am home.
Well the time has come. I find out later today what time my surgery will be tomorrow. It is hard to believe the 4 weeks have passed since I first found out I had severe AS.
Though surgery is always risky I do have the worlds best, Dr David Adams. Not only is he the best surgeon but he has a way of leading which attracts dedicated loyal and able associates from the attending's to the office personnel. I have been so impressed.
My recovery will be challenging but I have such a caring beautiful wife and many friends and family who will help. And I dare say the insurance company has been an ally so far as well.
It is all looking very favorably and so is the prospect of life with the ability to run and exert myself once again.
I will see you all on the other side!
I am in the stretch run here before surgery. Had a spectacular weekend taking our niece to Abby Wambach's soccer camp. Now being fully impacted my Abby's motivational speeches I am ready for my AVR.
Thank you for all the well wishes. I am almost at the start of my recovery period.
I still am feeling very calm and staying cool and relaxed. Tomorrow I will go on a walking photography class. I promise to keep a very slow pace. No sense taking chances at this stage with my surgery a scant 11 days away.
Not doing much these days especially with this heat. Just resting and keeping cool per the doctors instructions. Next week I do my pre-operation day and just 2 weeks and 2 days from today I get my new Aortic Valve.
I can not even put into words how impressed I was with Dr. David Adams. His ability and knowledge was evident but it was his friendliness and down to earth demeanor which convinced me.
And as an added benefit the renowned cardiologist and Past-President of the American Society of Echocardiography Dr Randolph Martin was in for our consultation as he happened to be visiting Dr. Adams. So on Friday 8/2/13 I get my new aortic valve thanks to Dr Adams and his team.
My journey through life continues. It has been a most exciting and beautiful trip. Now of course I am in a very difficult section but I know that with the help of my loving wife and support group I will be fine. I also do not discount God / Higher Power with whom I have a bond.
After reading Adam's book and in the short time since I was diagnosed already having felt it, this next phase will be a roller coaster ride filled with lows and highs. May I be up for the challenge.
As much as I think they could do to diagnose me has been done. Much of my anxiety has passed while I wait to discuss my options with the world famous Dr David Adams on Monday. My wife and I have read the very informative Heart Valve Surgery book, which we highly recommend and have prepared our questions.
I think we are ready.
Today is July 10th. On July 3rd I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis based on my symptoms, an EKG and echo test. Today I had my cardiac catheterization to determine if other arteries were blocked and how severe my aortic valve blockage was.
Once the doctor finished he walked over to me almost giddy about how good it looked inside and the aortic stenosis is moderate not severe. But he could not tell me how to address my symptoms of fainting during exertion, palpitations and fatigue. He further recommended I cancel my Monday appointment withe a cardiac surgeon which I refused to do.
What will be next?
I have always been very healthy and into fitness. Not that I over did it but I ate well and exercised. I would bike ride, jog, play tennis and walk all over NYC. My cholesterol, heart rate, blood pressure and other medical indicators are all very good. So when I mentioned to a friend I was becoming dizzy within the 1st 75 yds. every time I started to run and he said GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR, I did not. Finally after a few friends and relatives in the medical field urged me to go see a cardiologist, I went. Diagnosis, severe aortic stenosis!