Greetings, I hope everyone is doing well, haven't been here in a while because been busy with work and rehab. But I noticed yesterday morning that there was some discoloration along my incision, here's the pic, it looks like a little scab developed. I'm t
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August 19, 2016
Just completed second week of rehab. The hardest part is getting up early in the morning for it, before heading to work. But I'm glad I decided to do it. I hope everyone else is progressing well.
Anyone still continue taking aspirin daily, whether 325 mg or low dose like 81 mg, even if your cardiologist or surgeon says you no longer need it? I heard from a few of my fellow mitral valve repair patients that they still do (for precaution against blood clots).
First of all I apologize for being long-winded in many of my responses to people's post. I'm just very detailed oriented but I'll try and avoid doing so in the future and keep it brief. I don't know if anyone else here did it, but prior to my surgery, in addition to going to this site and getting people's perspectives on both pre-op and post-op, I also googled YouTube videos of open heart surgery. For example in my case, I googled YouTube videos on "mitral valve repair" and "waking up from open heart surgery" and I was surprised there's a few videos out there. I don't advocate you viewing these if your are already going through some pre-op anxiety, as I also went through it, but in my case it helped me to realize what to expect. Yes, it concerned me a little after viewing them, but then I was also comforted by the fact these videos were out there for me to see and get myself mentally prepared for it. I wish everyone who have upcoming surgeries successful procedures and a speedy recovery.
Hi, I'm three weeks post op mitral valve repair and my heart rate has gone up from anywhere from 96 bpm to 104 bpm. I have a couple of personal heart rate monitors on me right now, one from my watch and one from an activity tracker (like a Fitbit), and they are both reading from 100-102 bpm currently. My last EKG showed I was at 104 bpm.
Has anyone experienced an increased heart rate upon being discharged from valve repair or valve replacement surgery? How was it handled by your cardiologist and/or surgeon? Or did you wait it out? When should I be concerned that it may be too high? I am not experiencing any chest pains, fever, sweats, palpitations, etc. The only thing I feel is a little fatigue but I'm thinking I'm only in the third week of recovery. Thanks in advance for any input.