Soon to be 50 I have just been diagnosed with a diluted aortic root and ascending aorta and is at a level where I have been recommended surgery. So I am to have an aortic root replacement with mechanical valve and a hemiarch replacement. This to take place in 4 weeks time. Holy moly what a great start to my 50th year! It has been a complete shock as I am normally fit and healthy and this was only diagnosed after my GP discovered an irregular heartbeat and sent me for a scan ‘just to be on the safe side’. Anyway thank god for that GP. I am now an emotional wreck, up and down like a yo-yo but optimistic for a healthy future ahead, despite the having to take warfarin for the rest of my life.
I wandered firstly is there any tips on what I should take into hospital with me and how to prepare for coming home. Would love your advice.