Hello Community, it's been awhile. I'm coming upon the 2nd. Anniversary of my Aortic valve replacement with a mini cut. I'm noticing a bit of discomfort the past few days around the scar. I surely don't feel any wires or anything, just more like a bit of shifting now & then when I take a really deep breath, like when I was healing. I've seen some horrific stories about folks having to be opened up again to repair their closures. Is what I'm feeling typical? Also, still waiting for this annoying "sweating at the drop of a hat" to go away, lol! Someone on here told me that it does eventually, but good grief, it's about 2 years, enough with only wearing a sweatshirt in the dead of winter in NJ, lol!
A question: Since having my AVR 13 months ago I have noticed that I sweat more often (at the drop of a hat)! Has anyone else noticed this? I had a Bovine valve put in place. Not on any blood thinners, just baby aspirin. I was a person who rarely ever broke a sweat, even in the summer. This winter I found myself going out on the deck with no coat to cool off, so annoying. If anyone else has experienced this, can you offer some suggestions, and perhaps an "industrial strength" antiperspirant!
This Thanksgiving I am truly thankful for getting thru that "crazy ***" OHS in February and being better than before! I could not have done it without this community, so I am thankful for all of you too!
I am six months out since AVR surgery, and basically feeling pretty good. This past week for some reason my sternum has felt uncomfortable along with my "girls". Went to my Chiropractor as my back needed some work also, helped a bit. I had a "mini sternomoty",
was not expecting any weird feelings after 6 months. Also not handling the heat well at all, not been able to walk much at all because of the heat. I used to be able to walk in 90 degree temps with no problem...had a day this past week where I actually felt like I did before the surgery, weak legs and short of breath...not happy with this...
I am coming up on my 6th. month Anniversary of my AVR next week! I feel great! That said, I've seen (on another site) an awful lot of stories of people having their "wires" loosening or coming undone in their sternum months after surgery. Getting a bit alarmed, not in a hurry to go thru another OHS anytime soon! Is this really a common occurrence?
The tug of war between Medicaid and Dr. continues, so my heart rate still 100+
To be honest, I'm not crazy about taking medications anyway, but rehab will not let me start without getting it down to a more normal range. Has anyone in this community had a problem with a fast heart rate? If so, is there a "natural" way as opposed to drugs? BTW, yesterday was my 7 week anniversary of my surgery, AWESOME!
OHS 6 weeks ago today. Looking forward to Cardiac Rehab, scheduled for 3rd. week in April. Unfortunately, that will not happen 'till they get my heart rate under control! So frustrated, I'm dealing with the PA at this point & not my cardiologist, not thrilled with that...they apparently had a tug of war with Medicaid over the scrip (Cardizem) to lower the hear rate. I was supposed to get tabs so I could cut them in half, the pharmacy gave me capsules instead! I called the PA's office on Wednesday, no word back...if the HR does not get under control, the cardiac rehab won't be allowed.....sooo frustrated!
Feeling happy, walked 1 mile yesterday and 1 mile today. Supposed to start Cardiac Rehab on April 5th., but that may get delayed because of this annoying 100+ heart rate. Medicaid vetoed the Cardizem that was prescribed on Thursday to lower the heart rate, so we shall see. It may be a sign from God telling me this would not be a good med for me given my "drug reactive" history, lol! Everything happens for a reason. Crazy heart rate or not, it felt so GOOD to get those miles in. To all of you facing AVR surgery, I am 4 weeks out and I would not have believed I would feel this good. Thank God for being a fast healer! Bummed that I have to sit out another 4 weeks before I drive, but I certainly understand the whole "air bag" issue....
Well, it will be three weeks Friday since the surgery. Saw the Surgeon yesterday, everything is AOK! Yeah! I am still having a problem with being light headed and it preventing me from really walking so far. No one seems concerned about it except me, lol! Has anyone else encountered this after AVR surgery? I'm hoping it's merely a temporary part of the healing process....
Well, AVR surgery was last Friday, got home from the hospital late yesterday. All went well and I am sooo glad it's behind me. I had a stand-off with the attending internist after I refused a medication and requested seeing my Cardiologist (also in residence). The attending insisted my Cardio would not possibly come up to the floor to see me, but of course she did come to see me as she is "awesome"! Always be proactive with your care, it's your body, after all.
Good evening community,
I was wondering what the criteria is for being prescribed cardiac rehab? I have a friend who had an AVR 6 years ago and that was never mentioned to her. I of course would welcome it, as getting moving ASAP once I'm healing is imperative to me.
Do not have a surgery date yet, should have one by the end of this week after I get my dental clearance. I want to throw this out there: I have heard quite a few horror stories regarding the "breathing tube", and as I have a major "gag reflex", more scared about that than the actual surgery.....
Had the first meeting with the surgeon today, absolutely love him! I can honestly say that for the first time, I am sooo looking forward to the surgery, and getting my life back!! Looks like it will take place in 4 -6 weeks (February) Don't know the date yet, should know by the end of this week.
Thank you all for your feedback! I'm curious about Aortic Stenosis and high blood pressure. It seems my in experience that as the stenosis has increased over the past three years, my blood pressure has also increased , pretty much thru the roof, 200+/100+. Have any of you experienced the same?
Well, made it thru my first Cardiac Cath on Monday, but not without drama. They had to use groin access due to my Raynauds and apparently due to my anatomy they could not use the typical "plug" to seal the femoral artery. Not quite sure what they used, but it failed. When they finally had me get up after lying flat all those hours, I started to bleed like a sacrifice...having gone thru that trauma, I honestly at this point cannot even fathom going thru with the OHS....At least my arteries were clear, just wish some miracle had occurred and that my aortic stenosis was gone....no, I no longer believe in the Tooth Fairy, lol! I was practically screaming as they applied the pressure to my groin for 30 minutes....I honestly don't know how I can go thru the OHS......
I was diagnosed with mild Aortic Stenosis three years ago. As of these past few months it has now reached the severe level. It is a true understatement to say I am a total coward! My blood pressure has been off the mark this past year also, 200+/100. I am scheduled for my first Cardiac Cath on December 14th. and I am shaking in my boots at just the thought of that, I can only imagine the state I will be in when I have to face the valve replacement in the next couple of months. What makes it harder for me is that I have to pretty much go it alone, my Husband passed four years ago and my Mom a year and a half ago. My friends want to be there for me, but they have their own lives. At any rate, sorry to make my first appearance as a "simpering idiot", lol It all just terrifies me, but knowing this community is here for me to learn and gain confidence in what lies ahead means the world to me...God Bless all of you!