Hope you are all okay? I have now been off work for 8 weeks with extreme breathlessness, tiredness and chest pain. Finally after a barrage of tests my team have decided that my Mitral Valve needs replacing with a mechanical one.
I have an appointment at the hospital tomorrow and then hopefully surgery in the next 2 weeks.
Although I know I need the surgery doing and part of me wants it so I can get back to living life I am feeling incredibly anxious about it. I am worried about how they will get back in through the metal wire and scar tissue of my previous surgery, I'm worried that my heart might not restart again after bypass, worried that I might reject the valve and worried about how the mechanical valve will sound and feel.
Does anyone here have a metal valve that they can hear? I was told that I might be able to hear it all the time and that other people might be able to hear it as well....? Can you feel it working or is it just like a normal valve that works without us noticing?
I am hoping someone will have answers for me as it is so much better hearing it from someone who has gone through the same thing.
Thanks in advance