Hi all, 8 weeks into recovery from complications of a aortic valve replacement. Finding this week my chest has become incredibly tight, like someone is pressing on my sternotomy wound. Has anyone experienced tightness developing weeks after your heart surgery? I had a CT 2 weeks ago and they found a residual hematoma but nothing that would explain the chest tightness, unless the hematoma is getting larger of course.
Having a hard time of recent. Ended up having complications 12 weeks after aortic valve replacement, could have died. Luckily I could tell something was wrong and insisted I be checked for a 4th time at the ER. They found a large pseudoaneurysm (blood) caused by a leak in my aortic root which had to be cut open when my aortic valve was placed.
This leak was fixed 5 weeks ago. Recovery was going well until the last 2 weeks. Ive noticed the valve sounds have again become much much louder, its nearly deafening because I can hear the ticking internally, this wasnt happening for the first 3-4 weeks of recovery. Secondly, im again having to deal with a bounding pulse that is very regular. I can hear my heart beating against my chest, also wasnt happening the first 4 weeks of recovery...
I had a chest CT on Friday to make sure the leak hadn't re-opened since it was repaired 5 weeks ago, apparently the repair looks good, no leak/blood. I just cant explain why i have developed this loud ticking and bounding pulse in my chest in the last 2 weeks. Its making me very anxious but 4 heart surgeries in 12 years will do that I suppose.