Managing anxiety in lead up to Aortic valve surgery
Journal posted on August 31, 2016
This is an excellent website. I am 56 years old and been diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve with moderate regurgitation and mildly dilated ascending aorta. My cardiologist has advised that the heart is currently doing a pretty good job in dealing with the extra load, but that I am likely to need a new valve in the not too distant future. Contemporary discussion with the Dr about future valve surgery has heightened my anxiety levels. I would be interested to know how other members have dealt with and/or the strategies they have used in coming to terms in managing anxiety levels in the lead up to surgery.