Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Hi Joaquin and a belated welcome to the site! Love to hear more from you about how the new valve is going and how you are learning to live with it! It takes a LONG time to get over the surgery (3 months or so) if you had the traditional open chest surgery and it hurts a lot while it is healing - especially if you cough or so! You will hear it once your recovery settles down - but as you said its more of a 'sensing it' in many ways than actually 'hearing it'...my wife hears it as a 'tick tock' I hear it as a deep thump thump thump..but if i sleep on my side with a small pillow against my chest as i do i hardly hear it all. The biggest thing to get used to is NOT to panic when you hear it when reading or quietly tapping away at your computer etc..once you are over that its pretty easy!
To begin with the clicking kept me awake at night and drove me bonkers!!! I found listening to relxing music the only way to get to sleep.You seem to have one side where it clicks and ticks and if you roll over mine tinks, both are equally annoying!!! If you hug a pillow it does lessen the sound and also you dont feel it so much. I think to start with you are highly sensitive to your heart beat and general rythmns and your brain is almost tuned in to hear it especially at night. To start with it used to get me down but as the months pass it does get easier and you are not so sensitive to it.It has taken me over a year to almost forget it although there are times when you can feel it thumping or tinking especially after vigorous exercise. Try to view it in a positive way.Its an amazing thing inside of me which has given me a second chance of life. I should be grateful.
Hi to all,
I have just joined this forum. Reading all your views on your replacement heart valves I must add that I had my first mitral replacement in 1984 which was a Bjork Shileycc which was a very noisy valve. However ten years later (1994) I had to have this replacement valve taken out because it had been manufactured with a mechanical fault. It was replaced with a bileaflet mechanical valve which is so quiet I never hear it at any time. I understand the daily concerns and anxiety that some of us have to face with living with noisy valves, but if that's the only price we have to pay for the benefits of renewed health, then I think it's worth putting up with. Joaquin It's good that your able to go out and about for short strolls so soon after your surgery - keep up the good work. I wish you a very speedy recovery.