Had a cardiac cath today in preparation for heart surgery. It went well and the cardiologist said my heart is in great shape (arteries, veins, and all other valves) with the exception of my flippy flailing mitral valve. So, I hope that bodes well for fixing my valve.
Thank you all. You all are certainly helpful. Does anyone have anything to share about struggling with the breathing tube when gaining consciousness? Knowing myself, I am somewhat anxious about not being in control of my breathing, and fighting the tube. Is this a problem anyone else has had?
For those of you who know me, you know that I am always wanting to have as much information as possible, and do not like surprises. However with all the informative web sites, YouTube videos, and patient testimonies, at this point I'm wondering if "ignorance really is bliss".
Thanks for all of you who have, or will, share your concerns and questions. I know I have a lot more questions then answers so for my friends who want to know what's happening, I am not sure yet. I will have a cardiac cath this Friday to let my surgeon what condition my heart and arteries are in preparation for surgery. I meet with the surgeon then on Wednesday to discuss what method he will use, and schedule the date for surgery. My "date" will probably be very soon after that visit. More later.
I have recently been diagnosed with a severe mitral valve regurgitation, and am facing either valve repair or replacement. In spite of great feedback on the condition of the other valves and the function of the heart in general, I have a genetic degenerative condition that worsened suddenly. So.... here goes, and may the Great Physician provide some guidance.