3 weeks & 4 days post surgery from AVR. All vitals are great and my new valve is working perfect, thanks to the surgeon team with Dr. Aldea at UW Medical in Seattle, WA. I attribute most of my rehab success to a strict pre-hab program of healthy nutrition
DAY 16 POST AVR. My grandson Marcus showing me how to cook smores. For those of you waiting and just going through surgery, it gets a little better every day. Have a plan to walk every day and follow through works every time.
Journal posted on July 17, 2015
Just to encourage all of you, yesterday I only walked 1.5 mi. Today I will log 4.5 miles. You can all do it! I cannot believe how much stamina I now have with my new AV. I can keep my bp below 101 just by deep Yoga breaths now. Thank you Dr. Aldea and your great team at UW Medical Center, Seattle.
Days 4 & 5 were slow recovery & healing for me, but today I did a modified work out & stretch & walked 1.5 mi. It sure feels good not to be out of breath. Lots of 2 hr naps, healthy food and being surrounded by my daughter and grandkids is making all the difference. War movies with my grandson tomorrow, if I can stay awake! Every day is better.
AVR on 7/10/15, home on 7/14/15. Dr. Aldea at UW Card Med Center was the reason why. Also I had a strict regimen of nutrition, core and leg workouts before the surgery. I will write more later, I am so tired, but glad to be alive and healthy. How do yo
Update posted on...
July 10, 2015
Hi everyone. I am Valerie, Steve's wife. Steve has received such encouragement from all of you at HVS.com and I promised I would communicate his progress, on his behalf. He is in surgery now, for about the next 2 hours. He was in good spirits going in, and I have every confidence he will be victorious through the AVR. We are both appreciative of each and every one of you.
Yes, that's me with the binky on the day before at the local Fro-Yo with my grandkids and neighbors kids. Great way to divert my attention from tomorrow's surgery. Here we go!
Luke, the boy to the left has had two heart surgeries already.
We had an Estate Sale at my house on Friday & Saturday that exhausted me. I wear a step/hr meter and I did 10,000 steps both days. Just 12 days to surgery and I need to conserve energy, so I have reduced my morning workout time but continue core & leg exercises. I look forward to getting on the other side!
6/24 Finally set a date of 7/10 after one delay. I am not anxious just anticipating the other side. Working daily on lower body and core strengthening in anticipation of post surgery. I felt heart skipped beats on Monday called Doc & he sent me to local cardiologist that changed my high blood pressure meds. It seemed to calm me down, but I still run out of gas about 1 pm and need a nap.
I will have an AVR mid-July and I am working on getting my mind and body ready for the surgery and the re-hab. Tonight I met with several very supportive friends and my new nutritionist, Gaye. I am fully recovered from my cardio-cath on Tuesday and began light workouts to get the endorphins moving. Pre-Hab is a way to keep your mind busy and to prepare for the invasive surgery that happens soon. It is working for me, how about you all?
I am on a strict course of Pre-Hab with light treadmill, really healthy food and yoga/meditation. Meet with surgeon 6/16/15 to determine date.
Pre Hab for AVR
Journal posted on May 19, 2015
Since I think I have some time before surgery, I have been researching methods to increase my chances of a positive postoperative outcome. All the research I have read indicates that to decrease the post op metabolic, physical and mental stress, I need to eat right, exercise and mentally prepare before the operation. The journey continues tomorrow on the treadmill. Wish me luck!
I have been diagnosed with Severe Aortic Stenosis and I now have appointments with UW and Swedish Hospitals next week to interview surgeons. Does anyone have experience with either hospital in WA State?