I received results from Holter monitor I wore last week. It appears that I am experiencing several Pacs and Pvcs. My heart rate very slow. A friend (retired doctor) wonders if this could be caused by beta blocker??? Too much or two little. I do have an appointment with electrophysiology doctor in a couple of weeks
I also had an echo last week. Dr. Said EF is 50% which he states is to be expected after mitral valve replacement.
I was feeling pretty good mentally and physically before these test results. I've been going to cardiac rehab and walking almost every day. Has any one else had these issues?
Irregular heart beat
It has been 6 months since my aortic and mitral valve were replaced with tissue valves. I am feeling almost like my old self.
However I just noticed as I was taking my pulse that my heart is skipping beats. What is strange is that when exercising the beats are regular. I am scheduled to get a Holter monitor next week. I do not feel any palpations. I wouldn't have noticed this if I hadn't taken my pulse. I am taking .25 metoprolol twice a day. My heart rate is really slow.
Just wondered if any one else has had this problem and what the results were. I think we tend to worry when we have a hiccup after OHS<
I am 15 weeks post OHS. Finally am sleeping 5-6 hours a night. I take one Ativan tablet about 30 minutes before I go to bed. It really knocks me out and I enjoy a deep sleep. No panic attacks!
I hate medicating the problem and I fear becoming addicted to the drug!
Other than the sleep issue I am doing great. Go to cardiac rehab twice a week and either walk or go to the gym other days. I have started going to a therapist who specializes in PTSD.
Ready to try amything!
Has anyone else been thru sleep issues and what did you do.
Thanks for all your support in the past. This website has been my lifesaver!😊
I am three months out of OHS. I had my aorttic and mitral valve replaced with tissue valves. When I was dismissed from Mayo my medication was warfarin and 12.5 metoprolol twice daily. Three weeks out of surgery I developed a-fib and went to local hospital. Only saw a hospitalist never a cardiologist as it was on a weekend. I was prescribed 400 mg of amiodorane a they doubled my dose of metoprolol. Two weeks later I saw my cardiologist and he lowered the amiodorane to 200 mg. I have been going to cardiac rehab and burning up the machines. Heart stays in perfect sinus rhythm No issues. I have anxiety and am lucky if I get two hours sleep a night. Spoke to cardiologist and he said this is not due to amiodorane!(has he not read the side effects?). Was told to check with my PCP. Wonderful. He put me on Xanax and told me to apply for a medical marijuana permit. Even with Xanax I am lucky to sleep 4 hours. And I hear it is highly addictive.
Has anyone else had issues with amiodorane?
Today I am celebrating 7 weeks post op of my aortic and mitral valve replacement. This was my second OHS<
All went well with the surgery. I was in the hospital 8 days. At about 3 weeks post op I had a-fib . Went to ER and was in hospital for a couple of days. I never saw a cardiologist only a hospitalist. I was put on amiodarone and my dosage of metoprolol was increasedl. This has appear to correct the problem I saw my cardiologist this past week and he reduced the dosage of amiodarone to 200 mg once a day. I am also on warfarin and my INR has been steady the last couple of weeks.
My main problem now is not being able to sleep. Roughly getting a couple of hours a night. This along with panic attacks is wearing me out.
I am told by my cardiologist that this is fairly common. He stated that I have PTSD.
Does this have anything to do with my medications? I would love to hear from those who have had this problem and how they dealt with it.
Heart surgery Friday. Replaced aortic and mitral valve. First couple of days were pretty rough. Nausea and back pain. Being claustrophobic made it kinda tough. But I am alive.
Hey 76 years old two valve
Replacements. Live is good
God is awesom
Update posted on...
September 7, 2018
Today's the day. Had a heart cath yesterday and arteries clear. Thank goodness. Suppose to be at hospital at 5:30 this morning. Have to shower with antibiotic soap and put antibiotic salve in noise. I am ready to get this over with. Thank you everyone for all your encouragement and prayers. Adam. I am so glad I found this website and read your book. Thank you!
I will get this done!
Time is closer! Several of us heart brothers and sisters are scheduled for surgery this 1st week of September. Just think this time next week we will be on the recovery side! Won't that be a relief?
We can do this I know. God and our very capable surgeons have got our trust. Look forward to hearing from all of you. Prayers are with you and sending everyone love and healing. 🙏🏻
I wish my mind would stay focused on positive thoughts. This is so hard. Woke up early this morning and worried about my husband remembering family birthdays so I go up and listed all of them in case I am not here!!! Terrible thoughts! UGH
Now I am concerned about scar tissue from previous heart surgery.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
I am trying to think positive thoughts and visualize myself and healthy and active after surgery.
My husband and I just got back from our planned Baltic Cruise. I am so thankful that we were able to go.
On our trip I think we walked at least 4-5 miles every day on excursions. Also on the ship, I could climb 2-3 flights of stairs without a problem.. I still do not have any symptoms, It is difficult to cope with OHS and two valve replacements when I am feeling great.
My thoughts are all over the place. I am trying to be tough for my family but in private and loose it.
The last time I had OHS I had no symptoms also. However then I did not have a lot of time to ponder.
I am probably rambling but it helps to verbalize my feelings
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Update after my appointment at Mayo Clinic
Journal posted on July 6, 2018
The date has been set! Yikes. My appointments with cardiologist and surgeon at the Mayo Clinic confirmed that both my mitral valve and aortic valve will need to be replaced. My husband and I had already scheduled a vacation the last of July. We were given the go ahead to go on vacation. The surgeon states that this surgery needs to be done before my heart is damaged. I have been through open heart surgery 13 years ago and I did not have any problems. Why am I so scared this time? Other than my heart I do not have any health problems. I am trying to put my trust in God.
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Going to the Mayo Clinic
Journal posted on May 17, 2018
I am going to Mayo Clinic May 23 for tests and then consultation with a cardiologist and surgeon the following day. I am anxious to hear what my options are.
Having had mitral valve repair 13 years ago at the Mayo Clinic I am shocked to hear that there is regurgitation in the valve and my aortic valve is stenotic. My cardiologist is wanting me to get Mayo's opinion as what needs to be done.
I am 76 years old and other than my heart I am in excellent condition. I am very active. Walk 2 miles a day without problems.
It is pretty frightening to think about having open heart surgery at my age.
I read the patient posts everyday. The information here has been a tremendous help. Thank you all for your words of advice.