So my previous echo 8 months ago showed a moderate/severe leaky mitral valve with some left ventricle compromise. All the talk was of investigation and intervention - so I've spent the last 8 months worrying about cardiac surgery. I did have a hip replacement to distract myself, but that wasn't quite such a big deal although the recovery takes a long time.
I've just had my latest results and the leak is now moderate and the heart function is ok! I know echocardiograms do depend on who's doing them, but I just wish they'd make their minds up. I really didn't need 8 months of anxiety!
Has anyone else had varying result from an echo, especially one where things seem to improve?
I saw my cardiology consultant on 20 April 2018. I assured him that I don't have any cardiac symptoms and he was quite happy that I could be left to progress with my hip rehab.
I also politely declined having a TOE (TEE in the US). My husband had told me about waking up still intubated after his CABG and it gave me nightmares even before I knew I needed cardiac surgery, so it's a definite no way from me. I told him I was happy to have any other investigations bar that one. So I now have a repeat echo on June 5th.
I still can't get my head around needing major surgery when I don't have any significant symptoms,. My quality of life will be significantly worse immediately post-op and if there are any complications or adverse drug reactions, I could be worse than I am now in the long term as well.
I had my left hip replaced with a spinal and sedation. The big drawback was that I was really sick post-op and needed 3 doses of anti-emetics. I've since found out I was given diamorphine. Morphine also has the same effect so when I have my cardiac op they're going to have to find some pain meds that don't! I also kept fainting post-op and my blood pressure remained lower than usual for several weeks post-op.
The hip replacement itself was fine - the pre-op anxiety was way worse than the reality.