Hi All, Sorry I haven't been writing for my mom. Husband just took 2 young kids to stay with grandparents for 2 nights, I finally have time to breath, and send update for my mom. She is almost 3 wks post op. She had MV repair, TV repair, Maze, LAA closure. Surgery was a success, she went on sinus at surgery. Dizziness and nauseousness were her biggest discomfort in hospital. She was so dizzy the first few days she kept her eyes shut and talking near her would upset her. She felt better day 4-5 post op. Her recovery has been good. She is eating well and walking (now at 8000 steps/day). The only problem is her irregular heart rate, between 70-110 at resting, down from high at 120 a week ago. She has no symptoms while heart rate fluctuates. She has chronic A fib for maybe 20 years. Cardiologist said she is developing arterial flutter after maze procedure and recommended TEE and electric cardioversion soon. My mom is not excited about getting sedated again, and wanted wait to see if she can correct herself. Has anyone gone through cardioversion? Other than that, she is doing very well, feeling better each day. So far, according to my mom, the benefit of surgery is she feels her mind functions better than before. Thank you all!
Again, posting for my mom due to language barrier. Her surgery is scheduled 3/2 for mitral valve (severe regurgitation), TV repair (moderate) and maze procedure to cure a fib at Mount Sinai. She is going to be 75 in 2 months. She is torn by the question if surgery is worthwhile at her old age. She is in general in good health. She accepts the fact that she is getting old: getting tired easily; walking uphill fast with difficulty (due to heart problem.) She would like the hear experience from patients around her age. Many thanks!
My mom is scheduled OHS for mistral valve repair, TV repair and Afib at Mount Sinai on March 2. She doesn't speak English. Wanted to ask the community what would she expect during recovery time. She will be living with me. I can help her most of the time, but not 24 hrs. Will most patient be able to function on their own? My mom is 74, healthy except the heart problem. Also, I'd like to ask families to share how do they cope during the surgery. I live close to the hospital, and was advised that I do not need to stay in the hospital as surgery will last for at least 5-6 hrs. Many thanks. - Daughter Liwen
Hi All, Just joined this community today Dec. 30 after taking my mom, 74, to see cardiologist after Echo. I am doing research for her as she speaks Mandarin only. She has moderate to severe mitral regurgitation, severity may be under estimated, says on the report; . effective ROA = 58.05mm2, MR VTI = 1.55mm, regurgitant volume = 90ml, pisa radius =1.1cm, alias velocity = 0.385 m/sec, MR peak velocity = 5.04 m/sec. Doc recommended to do Echo stress test and to see valve surgeon. Can patients close to her age share experience? My mom is in general healthy, but she gets tired very easily, especially walking uphill. She sometimes felt hands numbing in the morning when she wakes up. Thank you, everyone. - Liwen