Today is the day of my aortic valve replacement, and it’s been quite a wait. I was diagnosed with moderate stenosis aged 58, just over four years ago, and have had regular echo tests since.
Last May the test showed that it was severe, and another angiogram was performed. The surgeon wasn’t too happy with what he saw, so requested a pressure wire test. Result - a double bypass graft as well 😱. I was actually expecting stents, which is what I was originally told!
During the past four years I’ve managed to continue doing most things, even keeping up my trips to the gym, although exercise intensity has dropped considerably!
I am sitting here wondering if I really should be here, as I don’t feel too bad! Still a lot of denial going on I think, even at this very late stage!
I’d like to thank everyone who went through this last year, and shared details of their journeys. Most seemed very straight forward (thankfully), but one springs to mind that was very eventful😁. What a read! I actually don’t mind which journey I follow, as long as I end up at the same destination!
I’d also like to that all the hearties who had already had surgery and recovered and offered great advice and support. To say it has been helpful would be an understatement. No offence to the ‘Heart Stars’, but I think you are all Heart stars.
Hope to give you an update later in the week.
In the meantime I hope you all have a very healthy and happy year.
Hello Keith - thinking of you and sending best wishes for today. It's good that you ' don't feel that bad' as you are going into your op in better condition than many. Looking forward to hearing how you are doing when you feel able
Thank you. All preps done, now the final wait. Hope to post midweek🤞