Time flies! I had my Mitral Valve replaced on June 18th, back then I could've never imagined I'd be where I am today. The surgery was extremely difficult, day 1,2, & 3 were very challenging and left me wondering if I'd made the right discussion. In my case, I didn't have a history of heart disease, no palpitations or shortness of breath, in fact I was asymptomatic.
My malfunctioning Mitral Valve was discovered during a routine EKG. When my Primary Doc noticed irregularities in my results and heard slight murmur she decided to refer me to a cardiologist. After undergoing an ultrasound / echo it was determined that I had moderate to sever Mitral Valve regurgitation. The question then became, what were my options.
One month post-op I'm driving, walking, visiting family and I'll even be teaching an online course starting August 6th. Things aren't perfect, there's still a lot of pain and I've recently been diagnosed with A-fib symptoms and scheduled to see the cardiologist for further evaluation. I also start Cardiac Rehab tomorrow. My current philosophy is: one day at a time!