I had mitral valve replacement with a porcine valve June 30, 2014. The surgeon said that there was quite a bit of "debris" around the valve that had to be repaired, so he could not do the planned A. Fib. Ablation. He said that I could have a stroke or become paralyzed. I did not need bypass surgery. A few weeks after surgery (at home) I experienced 5 episodes of eye blindness. These would last a few minutes, then clear. Sometimes it was half-eye blindness, and sometimes full eye. I understand that these were TIA's (mini-strokes) which could lead to a major stroke. My ophthalmologist was the one who diagnosed it. No MRI or CT scan were done. What is the future danger from having the TIA's - major stroke?
My mitral valve replacement and atrial fibrillation ablation are scheduled for this Monday, June 30. Tomorrow I go to St. Jude MC for my preop testing. I've had an eye inflammation problem, so won't know until tomorrow if that will cause the surgery to be re-scheduled.
I'm a bit anxious about it all. Was born with a mitral valve prolapse 78 years ago. Not knowing much about the MVP back then, they took out my tonsils, thinking that would stop the arrhythmias. It didn't! The MVP started regurgitation about 1-1/2 years ago. It has progressed to very severe regurgitation. I also have paroxysmal A Fib arrhythmias.
Seeing the picture of Adam in Recovery with all the tubes and the ventilator tube down the throat scares me. Don't know how I will react to it. How awake will I be? Will I panic?