Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
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 Cardiologists at the local hospital. I had the usual tests: 24 hour ECG halter, ECG stress test, TTE, TOE & finally Cardiac Catheterisation just last week. I have severe mitral valve regurgitation with very abnormal valve leaflets and an enlarged heart. I am being referred to the heart surgeons at Leeds General Infirmary for Mitral Valve surgery. The Cardiologists believe my sister and I have the same connective tissue disease that targets the Mitral Valve and is prevalent in siblings. It seems extraordinary that my heart is so damaged and yet I feel fit and active. I think the heart chambers enlarge and work hard to pump the blood around in these circumstances. Eventually the heart fails so there is no option for me but to try for surgery. I am a bit anxious about what's to come when I see the Cardiac Surgeons. I'm glad to have found a forum where people are going through similar events and emotions.
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