Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Well bags packed off for my 5* All inclusive hols to Derriford hospital tomorrow ready for op on Wednesday. ( aortic valve and Ascending aorta replacment). Think i just need to get my "huggy" ready and hopefully sorted! Will keep you posted in hopefully week or so! x
Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy New year & thank you all again for all your support over the last year.
I continue to recover very well, now over 8 months post Op.
Hope you all have a fantastic new year.
Added by Martina on December 30, 2012 at 23:10 — No Comments
I have spent the last 7 weeks in Cardiac Rehab twice a week. I found it really beneficial and you can work gently at your own pace. Our local council offer a discount for their fitness programmes under the exercise prescription scheme. The Physio at Cardiac Rehab completes the paperwork and I'll get an appointment after Christmas for a session with one of the trainers for my own circuit. Lots of heart friendly classes to join as well.
I saw my Cardiologist yesterday and had a…Continue
Hi everyone, well I had the op on 7th Nov at Harefield, so now almost 3 weeks post-op. I'm happy to report it went very smoothly, no complications apart from picking up a urinary tract infection. So glad I chose a mechanical valve as I wouldn't want to go through this again. I was in hospital for 9 days as my inr took a little while to come up into range. Was discharged on the Friday and went to my local anticoagulant clinic on the Monday morning where it had dropped to 1.2. So I've…Continue
Hi i met with the surgeon today. Great to be able to put a face to the name! He explained all whats to happen as i need aortic valve replacement and also ascending aorta replacement. Aorta not too dilated yet but will progress within the next 5 years so he said will replace it the same time. I asked how long will i have to wait and i think i was shocked as i can have the operation in November. But he also said with 2 young children perhaps i may want to wait till January so i can enjoy xmas.…Continue
Maybe I m a bit barmy but wanted to have some memories from the very first day after the surgery. If I had my way I would have had the surgery recorded but didnt dare asking. Is fascinating how clever and brilliant surgeons and medical staff are.
So first pic waving is in ICU when they woke me up. All I remember is that I was starving, I was laughing lots (morphine) and the nurse was feeding me yogurt.
I also remember that my back, lungs felt like burning and wanted nothing…Continue
How time zooms along! - Almost 2 months in since my replacement valve. All going well, tired in the afternoons and early evening, and a very load thumping (no clicking) of the heart at times.
I am managing 45 minutes of walking (being pulled along by my 55 kg Beauceron) in the mornings, followed up by about half an hour's cycling in the afternoon ( no Beauceron at this stage).
My cardiolog is happy with the outcome of operation and my recovery. I am having trouble getting my…Continue
Just to share again I m day 12 post op. Today in the morning I walked to the village (about 1 mile away) had a look at the market stalls and had a nice coffee and a bacon bap. My mum was cleaning so she wanted me out the house lol. Than a friend called me and asked me if I wanted to go to Maplin and look around and I did as I wanted a TV tuner for my laptop.
About 2 PM I went with mum and another two friends to Tesco and did a bit of shopping (no lifting but lots of walking) and in…Continue
Added by nic nic on September 29, 2012 at 19:15 — No Comments
I m 38 (39 nearly) never really been sick and had no symptoms.
Back in the winter or spring I had a real bad cold. My GP listened to my heart and told me that I have a heart murmur. So I was sent to see the cardiologist at Frimley hospital. He confirmed I have a bicuspid valve which will require replacing with a mechanical valve eventually in the next few years.
But in May I was asked to go an meet the surgeon from St George Dr Kanagasabay who told me…Continue
I'm glad to be at this stage. The pain and discomfort is subsiding and I'm now walking 30 mins a day. I go for pre assessment for rehab next week. I'm concerned that my heart rate is over 100. Before the op it was around 60. I hope it will settle in time. I'm at the Warfarin clinic twice a week as my INR is not yet in therapeutic range. Still getting used to the thump click of the St Jude mechanical heart valve replacement for my mitral valve. Very disconcerting when you hear it…Continue
Just wanted to share my happy news with you all. I’ve just been on a cycling holiday in Andalucia – beautiful spot in Spain but very hilly! It’s been just over 5 months since my MHV Aortic Valve & Ascending Aorta replacements. I’m 47yrs old and like cycling, I wanted to get back to cycling as soon as possible – I had an electric motor fitted to my bike and had been cycling again post ~2.5months since Op. I hired an Electric bike on holiday – a pedalic i.e. have to…Continue
SEPTEMBER 21 1960
Today marks 52 years since the first successful artificial valve implant in a human
The valve was the STARR-EDWARDS.
Added by Anne Jones on September 21, 2012 at 19:45 — No Comments
I'm 2 weeks post-op. From reading posts before my surgery, I was expecting to hear my valve. It was a bit startling at first, but I have gotten used to the noise. What I'm struggling with now is feeling my heart-beat. No doctor or nurse seems to understand this and they keep telling me my pulse rate is fine. I'm trying to explain to them it doesn't feel fast, but feels much stronger, I constantly feel it. Is this normal? Will it start to decrease or is this something I will always have?…Continue
Dr. Albert Starr was the first Cardiac surgeon to successfully implant an artificial valve in a human being. Lowell Edwards a pioneer in Cardiac several years older came to Dr Starr to discuss an artificial heart, Dr. Starr suggested a valve first . Together they implanted their design in several canines , who lived and were thriving . They decided it was time for a human implant. The female patient was dying in an oxygen tent, she…Continue
** Before you read this blog post in its entirety let me reiterate that this decision (MHV v tissue valve) is an incredibly personal (and difficult!) decison and that their are nearly equal advantages to having one procedure or the other. This decision is ultimately made between yourself and your medical professional and should be based primarily on their professional opinion and recommendation.
Background: It appears that their 'seems' to be quite a spirited difference of opinion…
Hi Graeme, I completely understand about the introduction of subscription fees. It must have taken a lot of your time over the years to 'control' this site. Thank you very much for starting it and organising it for so long. It has helped me so much over the past 10 months during the very stressful time of Pre & Post OP. It's hard to put into words how helpful this site has been for me & my family and I know it will continue to help me. I wanted to give something back to everyone on…Continue
The operation was a great success, the only bad part for me were the mild hallucinations whilst in intensive care. The team at clinique Pasteur http://www.clinique-pasteur.com/front were fabulous they made each step of the journey as confortable as possible.
I have now been transfred to my « centre de readaptaion at midi gascongne » http://www.midi-gascogne.com/ today is…Continue