How soon after heart cath/angiogram is surgery expected to be done? My cardiologist scheduled me for the procedure at the end of May, but I have yet to be referred to a surgeon for aortic valve replacement. After my last echo, I expected to be in the "waiting room" for another year, so scheduling this was a surprise. I'm not sure if I should be asking for a referral at this time, or wait until after the angiogram. What was the time between the angiogram and surgery for other people? Thanks for any feedback.
Happy New Year, everyone... a new decade, as well! Best wishes to all on your heart journey and may God Bless every one of you as you take each step on this incredible path to restoration and wellness!
... and so the wait continues. I was diagnosed with aortic stenosis two years ago this month. Last year's echocardiogram showed my valve opening had gone into the "severe" category, while two other indicators (velocity and pressure) had also advanced, but remained in the "moderate" category. We expected this year's echo to show further decline and possible referral to a surgeon. Instead, it showed only very minor changes from a year ago for all three values! So the sword of Damocles still hangs above me as I keep a sharp eye for any changes to symptoms... and another appointment with the cardiologist in six months. So, "school's out for the summer!" I do feel pretty good and the doctor said I'm o.k. to continue mowing our hillside lawn, with a careful eye on the heart rate. Thanks to everyone who shares their story here for making my journey less burdensome! I value each and every one of them! God bless you all!
I am periodically asking for feedback from anyone who has had heart valve surgery in Medford, Oregon. So far, I've heard from one gentleman and am hoping to hear from more. Although I may be a few months away from surgery, I am following Adam's advice to do due diligence before I am referred to a surgeon. My next meeting with my cardiologist is December 1st. I still feel pretty good, so I don't think surgery is imminent, but it is on the horizon. Please help if you can, thank you!
I'm looking for feedback from anyone who has had aortic valve replacement done in Medford, Oregon. Would appreciate any insights as I am trying to decide where to go for this important surgery. Thank you.