Gary is 4 weeks out today since AVR . He is doing great. Each day each week getting stronger. Enjoying rehab--really is improving his stamina. He did have a few heart rate issues the 1st week home. We purchased a fitbit watch for him--it is just the ticket. Hew got the HR Charge it gives him his heart rate anytime he wants it. It counts your steps and we programmed to his smart phone and it tells him how much sleep he is getting. It was well worth the money. It gives him peace of mind. Just thought I would pass this on to the heart world.
Gary was wondering if anyone else has heart throbbing? It has been 10 days since his surgery. He has had it since he got out of surgery. It doesn't hurt just annoying. Is this normal? Has anyone had it? Does it ever go away? He said it feels like if you smashed your thumb that throbbing sensation.
Thanks for your help.
Gary is going home today! (Day 4). He had a tissue bovine
Aorta valve replacement. Full sternum incision. His pain was never over a 2, ! He has just done fabulous! They are so great here at Mayo clinic in Rochester. For all of you waiting--he said the wait was far worse than the surgery. We know we have the road of recovery ahead but we have a great start. Gary went into the surgery with no worry and lots of faith and I do think this helps. To all of you with up coming surgeries we wish you well. Relax- have faith in your surgeon and leave your worries with God. You will do fine.
Gary's surgery went great. In at 7:30 out at 11:00. He got a st. Jude bovine tissue valve. He has very little pain. He has stood up. Got a few tubes out and is going to sit in a chair this evening. He has been joking around with us. We just couldn't be happier. Thanks for all the prayers.
My husband Gary had cath lab today. No bypasses needed! We are ready for tomorrow. We have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am. He is already asleep without a worry in the world. We have been married for 39 years and I love him dearly. My 3 kids and a 6 week old granddaughter arrived tonight. I know God will be watching over us tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who posted your experiences so we could get ready for this. This website is priceless! He is going with a tissue valve--hope we have made the right decision.
I am Sandy my husband of 39 years is the one having surgery next week. His name is Gary. I want to thank everyone posting on this site and big thank you to Adam I found it January and we have learned so much. Sometimes it was such a comfort to read that people come out from this feeling good. We know it is not an easy recovery and there could be bumps along the way. Gary has let me do most of the research. He is very calm and confident all will go well. He is handling the anxiety much better than me. I feel like we have gained a lot of knowledge from all of you. We feel confident in our surgeon and hospital. So we now turn it over to our Lord who will give us the strength to get thru this. This was not on our bucket list but we feel so fortunate to live in a place and time where so many wonderful medical miracles are performed. Thanks again to all of this heart family!
I just have a question. Can a bicuspid aortic valve with severe stenosis ever be repaired instead of being replaced? I have read on the internet that they can't be repaired but it seems somewhere on this site I read it could be. My husband must have is BAV done in a few months and we are so totally confused which direction to go. He is 60 and does not want to go thru it again in 10 to 15 years or sooner but blood thinners scare me to death. Any suggestions??
I have a lot of anxiety while he is very calm. We must decide what kind of valve to have, he is scheduled to have it in April in rochester mn. I am so glad I found your website . I just listened to the conference video