Life is good and am so grateful for the advances in heart surgery and the support of this heart valve community. I finally got my necessary dental work and was able to wait 6 months. I took 4 amoxicillin before any dental procedures. Luckily, I was able to get a root canal instead of an extraction, but since I had an abscess I was on amoxicillin for 7 days. They put a post in the tooth that had the root canal and did something called half splinting when the tooth behind it helps to support the tooth that had a root canal. Both teeth are capped and guess it is like a 2 tooth bridge.
Anyway, I am very pleased with the result and my endodontist and dentist.
I must say that even though my health has been excellent, I am much more vigilant of my body. Recently, I just superficially scraped my leg and it bled. I was so careful to keep it clean and put neosporin on it but a week later it had not healed. Went to a walk-in clinic and got mupirocin to put on it. Four days later is still looks very red and infected. If I had not had heart surgery, I would have paid no attention to it and let it heal on its own. I guess with heart surgery comes an increased awareness of our body which may or may not be a good thing.
Sending positive thoughts to those getting ready for surgery. Two very dear people that I know are getting ready to have open heart surgery this coming week and know they will do great. Also, wishing continued good health to those who have already had surgery.
I am approaching the six month date after heart valve surgery. I am missing cardio rehab for really enjoyed the therapists and other people who were in rehab but have returned to the athletic club where I have been a member. It is good to be back to a normal groove. Life is good. I have lots of energy and have not had a lot of complications. Fortunately, I have been able to hold off dental work but know I will have to have an extraction due to breaking a tooth more than in half 3 weeks after surgery. By some miracle, it has not absessed. I am very grateful for this site and am wishing all good health and successful surgeries.
I am happy to say that life is good and glad to have my surgery behind me. My heart feels strong. I have been in cardiac rehab for several weeks and just love it- so good physically and emotionally for the spirits.
Also, I am no longer on coumadin and amiodarone which I am thrilled about- only on metoprolol.
It has been stressful letting my broken tooth stay in my mouth for 3 months but so glad I persevered for the looming fear of endocarditis. I got a ct scan of my tooth this week and it shows the beginnings of an abscess and it is contained in the root of the broken tooth. This is very good news for perhaps I can make it to the 5 or 6 month mark for extraction. Then there will be a decision 2 or 3 months after extraction to get a bridge or implant. I want to go the most non invasive way since my heart health is more important. Any input from others would be appreciated? Wishing those who have had heart surgery and those getting ready to have it
I am wondering why my blood pressure has been higher since surgery though I am have been on metoprolol. Has anyone else experienced that? I also feel extreme dizziness but not sure if I should attribute that to the metoprolol. Perhaps it could be due to the amiodarone or coumadin.
How long after heart valve surgery did you wait to have your flu shot and shingles shot if you needed one? If you were on coumadin and amiodarone for a isolated afib incident after surgery, how long were you on it before you doctor took you off it? I know it is probably pretty individual and dependent on the doctor, but was just curious. Thank you.
Has anyone needed a tooth extraction 6 weeks after valve sur
Journal posted on September 28, 2018
I have been told I needed a root canal and crown on my broken tooth which happened on Labor Day. The newest report is the dentist does not believe my tooth could withstand both procedures without breaking further and it actually needs extraction. I was also informed the tooth behind it is fractured and will need a crown. My original dentist who gave me clearance for heart surgery never addressed these problems and assured me my teeth were in good condition. Obviously, I will not be returning to him. I am also posting this for all to be aware how important teeth health is and make sure you have a good dentist. I have lost alot of weight and do have nerve pain but presently donot have an abscess. This has been a living nightmare due to this stress. I will contact my Cleveland Clinic cardiologist who has been wonderful and inform him of my present situation. I know I am suppose to wait 6 months before doing any procedure but am aware that will not be possible for will end up with an abscess. Has anyone soon after surgery had to deal with this kind of problem and if so what did you do?
If so, what was your experience? Is there anyone in the Tampa, Fl. area know of a dentist who deals with heart patients just 3 weeks after surgery? It can be in the surrounding area. Dentist says I need a crown and soon. I need another opinion. My cardiologist cannot see me until next Wednesday. Confused and donot know what to do.
Just broke a tooth and had surgery on August 17th for valve replacement. I am on Coumadin. How long do I need to wait before dental work
And what antibiotics? Will call cardiologist in the morning. Just my luck! I was flossing and it just
did anyone have a problem when when pacer wires were removed? I went into ventricular tachycardia which I think is unusual since this is a new problem.I am on Amiodarone which is a pretty scarey medication for another month plus Coumadin, etc. Hoping this will calm my heart down and will not have anymore of those incidents.
I was released from Cleveland Clinic yesterday- only 4 days after surgery. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Clevend Clinic and I have a follow-up appointment on Friday. Those having surgery please donot be fearful of the breathing tube and drainage tubes being removed. It was not painful and my fear was far greater than reality.
I did have an AFib incident so as a result I am on
Coumadin for 3 months, stepped down dosage of amiadacone, magnesium oxide, and metoprolol. The plan is to be off Coumadin in 3 months but need it now to prevent blood clots.
Also, I am taking 2 aspirins a day. It takes time for the heart to heal.So grateful to Dr. Svensson and the Cleveland Clinic for giving me a new lease on life.
Dr. Svensson performed surgery on me from 4-5 hours. I am doing well 4 days later except for being tired and nauseated. He said my aorta valve was heavily calcified and it had only one leaflet and that caused the regurgitation. I got the Edwards insignia Resilia valve. My cousin Margaret has been a wonderful support.
All my tests at the Cleveland Clinic came out well!
No blockages! My wrist is pretty sore, but the test itself was painless. Got to meet Dr. Svensson who made me feel reassured about the whole process. I am very grateful to have my cousin Margaret here and she has been a great support. Will be so glad to be on the other side of surgery. Have to be at the hospital at 5:15 tomorrow morning. I am sure there will be no sleep . Wishing others going into surgery good luck.
Getting ready to leave here Tuesday for Cleveland. Stocking up on everything except perishables for a month. The cat and dog are hearty eaters so they are occupying a lot of the space in my kitchen cabinets. Also, I want to make sure I have lots of coffee. Will get my hair cut today and may even start packing my suitcase- though I will be in hospital gowns most of the time.
I spent a lot of time worrying about what kind of biological valve I want, but I am sure after my pre-surgery tests Dr. Svensson will make his recommendation and I will feel peace with that. Also, I am going to ask my surgeon is there anything they can do to deter the after effects of atrial fibrillation during surgery. I have not been diagnosed with that so probably they would do nothing- even though I feel my heart racing at times. Also, I have not been going to the gym for have been feeling more tired- pretty sure it is emotional- and don't want to be run down and sick before surgery.
A heart-felt thanks to this wonderful community and all the support I have felt to this point of my journey facing heart surgery. I am so thankful for Adam for creating this site. Wishing all a successful surgery.
I have made my list and these are some of the questions I will ask my surgeon? If you see any question I have left out and should ask, I would appreciate your input? At this point this is about the only thing I feel I can control, so that makes me crazy. I will ask what are the results of my tests pre-surgery? What type of biological valve does her recommend and why, the hemodynamics, size of the valve, studies on durability, will this change my high pressure gradients? What type of incision? Since Cleveland Clinic is a teaching hospital, I want to be assured Dr. Svennson will be doing all of the actual surgery himself. Are there measures to protect against pump brain after surgery and atrial fibrillation? Do I have pulmonary hypertension caused by valve problem? Any questions that you wished you had asked and did not, let me know. Thank you so much.
1.Do patients enter cardio rehab about week 5 after valve replacement? If so , do they give you a cardiac stress test first to see what level you should begin at? I notice some people get the nuclear stress tests but really wonder why since that involves radiation and the regular stress test shows just as much. What is your opinion about the nuclear stress test? 2. Also was wondering, since I just had my teeth cleaned, if all patients are taking are taking 2 grams of amoxicillin an hour before dental work or a cleaning after valve surgery? 3. Is sushi and anything raw a no-no after valve surgery?
I read up to 50% of patients who undergo valve replacement or repair have bouts of atrial fibrillation after surgery. If a patient never had atrial fib and developed it after surgery due to the trauma of surgery, how long did this go on after surgery and did it eventually just go away? Were you placed on a certain medication like metoprolol or whatever and how long did you remain on that medication? Thank you.
For those who have had valve replacement or repair
Journal posted on July 13, 2018
After facing valve replacement and now being on the other side of that journey, I would assume there must be an enormous emotional relief that now I have a healthy heart. My question is, "Do you feel a tremendous difference in your stress level worrying about your repaired or replaced valve, or is that something that remains but the intensity level of worry is different? Would like to know you experience.
I am obsessing today over aorta valve replacement. I have the utmost confidence in the Cleveland Clinic and know Dr. Svensson is a top-notch surgeon. However, due to the distance I will travel for surgery all tests will be done one or two days before surgery and I will meet Dr. Svensson a day before surgery. Since I am an anxious person I want to get it all over at one time. How did others feel that are in a similar situation of meeting their surgeon and getting results of test a day just before surgery?
I will be getting a biological valve and was wondering if any studies have been done on the one with the best durability and hemodynamics? I am curious what makes some people's valve deteriorate faster than other. Any input would be appreciated.