Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve: Click.Tick.Thump. Love It!

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Janet Hogger's Blog (6)

4 months post op, Mitral Valve Replacement with St Jude mechanical heart valve

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…


Added by Janet Hogger on December 19, 2012 at 9:21 — 4 Comments

10 weeks post op

Had my discharge appointment with the surgical team 8 weeks ago and was put on 1.25mg of Bisoprolol(beta blocker) to reduce my heart rate which was around 100 at rest and higher on activity. I'm now back under the Cardiologist and have an appointment with him in December.

I started Cardiac Rehab which I think is called Phase 3. I have found it very good and get a lot out of it. The main attendees are elderly gentlemen who have had heart attacks/events. I appear to be the only… Continue

Added by Janet Hogger on November 8, 2012 at 8:33 — 3 Comments

4 weeks post op

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…


Added by Janet Hogger on September 26, 2012 at 4:02 — 2 Comments

Op date for Mitral Valve Surgery

Saw the cardiac surgeon earlier this week at Leeds. I now have my op date - August 28th.  Sooner than I thought.  He will try for repair first but if not a mechanical heart valve seems the better choice.  Find myself in a bit of a spin and trying to get organised.  I think alot of displacement activity is going on! Wondered if anyone had been told that a mitral valve repair would be tried for, but ended up with a mechanical heart valve?

Any practical tips on getting prepared for…


Added by Janet Hogger on August 12, 2012 at 8:16 — 14 Comments

Cardiac Surgeon

Got my appointment through yesterday to see the Cardiac Surgeon, a specialist in Mitral Valve Surgery at Leeds General Infirmary on August 7th.

Also saw my Cardiologist at Pinderfields, Wakefield to check I was OK after the Angiogram.  I will be discharged back to the Cardiologist at Pinderfields after Surgery and he has made me an appointment for 6 months by which time I will have had surgery.

Seems to be gathering momentum quite quickly. Funny these days  how life seems to be…


Added by Janet Hogger on June 19, 2012 at 7:08 — 6 Comments


Thanks for the welcome Graeme. I am a 60 year old retired NHS Physiotherapist.  My sister (65 years) died earlier this year and the post mortem report showed that she had "markedly abnormal mitral valve leaflets and enlarged heart" which resulted in her death.  I recalled a time many years ago when a GP advised me that I had a heart murmur.  As I was young and fit I forgot about it.  Decided to see my GP after my sister's death.  He picked up the heart murmur and referred me urgently to the…


Added by Janet Hogger on June 3, 2012 at 18:25 — 5 Comments


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