Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Hi Emily, I know what you mean that it comes as such a shock - mine did too. It is very understandable to be worried, it's only natural to be. I was happy when I found this website – knowing you are not the only one going through this is very helpful, Open heart surgery is a relative regular surgery now. So, try not to worry, I know easy to say hard to do. We are here to help so please ask as many questions as you like. As you say it does help to write down your thoughts.
Wishing you all the best – it won’t be long until you are on the road to recovery.
Your feeling and anxieties are completely understandable and normal. All of us who have been through this have felt the same. Trust me the waiting is worst, however at your age you are in a great position in terms of recovering from the surgery. I am 58yrs. and have been on warfarin for 11yrs. and I advise you not to worry about it, my mother was on warfarin for 30 odd years without any problems.
The artery check in your groin is probably an angiogram, I've had it and it's nothing really probably just a precaution to see if you have any blockages around your heart. This doesn't mean they think there is, but the doctors like to find out everything relevant about you so they can plan the opp. properly.
Please try not to worry too much, all us members best wishes are with you.
if this is the only one way to the life, we have't other choice. I had 3 operations, and it is unclear what will happen in future, but i believe to this minds- then you walk through spigles, can pierced feets, but then you stay in same place will never see roses ... IWrite to forum every time,then you will fill sad,or happy,ask if dont know something. I am with you:):):) P.S i have 2 children too,and only about children was woring. Everything will be ok,dont lost believe.
Emily sweet darling sorry the campness in me this is a truly sad story more so you are just a baby yourself. I found that heart surgery has come such a long way is not as easy as appendices but the surgeons know what they are doing. So much research has go in so many years of good operations that yes you even say so you know you are going to be just fine.
Is no comfort to you but having the surgery at such early stage and having all the wrong things repaired means that after that you will have a full life with your young babies to live and your husband in such I would pray for you and hope to hear fantastic news of recovery and good life after the replacement.
You have to stay strong and positive for the babies and for yourself. And you are not alone.
I have not had my replacement yet but there are a lot of kind hearted people on here to hold your hand with advice every step of the way.
I m thinking of you and hope the operation will pass and in a few months you ll be back on here reporting good progress and well being and hapiness. I am so very sorry you do have to have this at your very young age.
Hugs if permited
Your story is ALOT similar to mine. At the age of 5 weeks old I had my aortic valve repaired (not replaced) for aortic stenosis. We knew eventually one day it would have to be replaced. I have been fortunate enough to be physically and play sports all my life with no issues. Well this past may I went for an echo havent been since I was 21 and I am currently 28. Well turns out my valve is leaking bad and stenosis is bad, pretty much just a small hole there not even really a valve. So this past Monday Aug. 20 I had a 21mm St. jude mechanical valve put in. We decided on the mechanical valve for a number of reasons, my age and not wanting a re- operation down the road. I cam home after 5 days and today, I feel 10x better. Its amazing how quickly I am recovering!! I am young and in good shape so I know that plays in a factor as well but I tell you I DONT regret having it done. I can already tell a difference in how I feel and im only 8 days post op not even close to fully recovered yet. I dont think you realize how much your bad valve or condition affects you till its fixed!! Its like my doctor told me its not like the valve is going to fix itself, so why wait till it causes you a problem!!!
Hi Emily, Sorry you have to go through this but we have strength in numbers. I had mechanical valve replacement 2 years ago. Warfarin is now a part of my life. Besides bruising, I have not had any side effects. I run, take Zumba exercise classes and feel great. Do not worry going into surgery...this prodedure had been done 30,000 times at my hospital alone. I was back to work full-time in 4 weeks. I will pray that everything goes well for you.
Warmest regards from Central Illinois, USA. Mary Z
Hi Emily, I was, fortunate (or unfortunate) to have had emergency heart surgury in Nov 2005 and had alot of problems. But the brilliant people at Broadgreen Liverpool were so supportive to me and my family. And i believe that the support given by friends, family and my wonderful wife. And the will to see them and my two boys (age eleven and ten now) made me not give in.
You obviously love your kids a lot, and that will give you the strength to get you through your surgury. Trust me and every body on this site and form we are all behind you.
As for taking the Warfrin you will get used to it and soon enjoy life and probley better than before.
who have mechanical heart valves i want to ask-have been for you diagnosed heart failure,and what big degree was your regurgitation? And now have you problems with heart rhythm or not? Thank you for the answer:)