Just a though as to if anyone can help me.
I had replacement aortic valve and bypass January 2016. I am a 68 year old man.
I had Atrial fibrillation until November 2016 when I had a cardioversion which put me back into sinus rhythm, which I am still in.
I have had various recent checks on my heart, an ECHO (Echocardiogram) and two 24 hour tapes. My heart is OK and shows no problems and as of three weeks ago I no longer have any medication for my heart although I still take Warfarin
I do get very tired and short of breath and do not sleep well; it seems my brain just doesn’t shut down.
I have tried all the sleeping ‘tricks’, meditation, relaxation, no caffeine, regular hours, exercise etc. that do not appear to do much good.
My wife says I am a changed man since my operation in as much that I get irritable, am rude though not violent, depressed and lack energy. My memory span appears very short at times and I often don’t understand what people say to me first time. I am always cold and have some shakes and am stressed. The GP diagnosed PTSD and has referred me for CBT, which I start next week after a wait of 10 months and also to see a psychiatrist who specialises in the elderly who I also see for the first time next week.
The question is, we have done much research on the Internet and come across Post Perfusion Syndrome also sometimes known as Pumphead. And are wondering if this may be a cause of my being like I am and if there is any treatment.
It is accepted that I am nothing like the person I was before the operation.
Any help or suggestion or even thoughts appreciated.