Good Morning Heart Brothers & Sisters! One week ago today I had my aortic valve replacement surgery performed by the outstanding Dr. Acolla of Florida Hospital in Orlando. The first couple days were rough, nauseau and lungs had too much fluff. Once these issues were addressed- after 2 Days, I was released from CICU and moved to the Cardiac Care Unit for the next 3 days. I was released to come home Wednesday 7/22. Praise God!!! I can't put into words the amazing indivualized attention, care and education I received from the HIGHLY SKILLED NURSES in both CICU and the Cardiac Care Unit. They kept me comfortable, informed and they kept my spirits high with laughter. I am so grateful to have Dr. Acolla and also the entire team of professionals that keep things moving and attending to my every need. Yes, I was sitting in a chair immediately after surgery and I wasn't thrilled , and yes I had to eat ice chips for nauseau- but this team of professionals struck the right balance between letting me rest and encouraging me to get moving to expedite my recovery. I've been home 2 days and now learning to find my own balance between rest and movement/excercise. I just wanted to share my latest news and thank everyone on this blog for the support and encouragement. Bless Everyone! Sincerely, Paige:-)
Good Morning Heart Brothers and Sisters, Monday, I had an excellent visit with the tremendous surgeon Dr. Kevin Accola at Florida Hospital in Orlando. My aortic valve replacement surgery is scheduled for next Friday, July 17th at 7:30 am. I know I am in the best hands with Dr. Accola and his team. I know that I'm in the best hands with our Lord. I am asking for your prayers. Thank you all for the advice, understanding and strength I've gotten from all of your shared experiences. Blessings and Good Health Everyone! :-)
Heart Cath today a success, next step- aortic valve replace
Journal posted on June 29, 2015
Had my heart cath this morning. The good news is there's no blockage in my arteries so no by-pass is needed. The news we already know is that my bicuspid aortic valve needs replacement ASAP. Our next step is to travel to Orlando (about 2 hours away) for a surgical consult on Monday, July 6th with the amazing surgeon Dr. Kevin Acolla. The heart cath went well today and the staff at our local hospital was wonderful. I am glad to be home - been sleeping all day- but have to admit, the next step of surgery seems surreal. I am researching as much as a can to be prepared. I am so grateful to log on to this blog when I can't sleep and hear about everyone else's experiences. I have great love and caregivers waiting to support me with this next step, but there's a different connection to all of you who share this experience. Good night all- hope everyone out there is getting better and sleeping well.
I am 50, fit and have severe bicuspid aortic stenosis, my last echo showed something now- moderate regurgitation. My cardiologist is saying without doubt, surgery. Next step is TEE/heart cath. For those who have undergone aortic valve replacement- how many months before you were up walking around normally?