Diagnosed in October 2016 with af and flutter. Meds did not control and allergic to many as well. Ablation February 2017. Unsuccessful. Took dreaded amiodarone after which did bring me into rhythm until I stopped. Many side effects.
After ablation repeated echocardiogram in early March. Severe mitral valve regurgitation and very enlarged atrium.
This week, see structural heart dr' s who said I need mitral valve repair/replacement. Do not wait more than 3 M.
Surgery scheduled November 29. Have to have heart cath prior to surgery to make sure all is well. What scares me the most is discontinue eliquis 2 days prior to cath and 4 days prior to valve repair. I don't know why they waited 8 months for surgery to take place or why we did a T test after the echo. Surgeons referenced echo only when siting needed repair/replace. I was told sedation for T test quiets down the regurgitation but they get measurements during test. I'm rather angry that I've waited this long for what was inevitable. I can't let that consume me and I won't. Must stay positive for surgery and the best outcome.
I am 62 yr old female in great shape, 5'4" 122#. Active lifestyle. Regular gym-er. Married 39 years. I live in Atlanta GA.