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Heart condition and non heart surgery

MissP77
MissP77
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Hi, I’m new to this site so apologies if I’m not posing this question in the right place.

I’m 41 and about 4 years ago I was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation and have been prescribed medication to relieve my symptoms.

I’ve also recently been diagnosed with a fibroid which they want to surgically remove by a keyhole procedure.

Has anyone had and non heart surgery with a similar heart condition please?

Thanks

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stevejb1810

My wife had a hip replacement while also having a dodgy mitral valve. It was all very straightforward

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to stevejb1810

I’ve just sat down at my desk at work and read your reply. I actually welled up with tears. I’ve been so anxious and not known if I want the surgery and with just 2 sentences I feel a huge weight has been lifted. Thank you so much

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marypw
marypw
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Just to add to Steve's comment (I'm the wife!) - do tell your anaesthetist and surgeon - they may want to check the severity of your leak with your cardiologist. My anaesthetist said he would just make sure my BP stayed up and my heart kept pumping nicely.

There are probably thousands of people who undergo surgery with leaky valves they don't know about - so we're in a fortunate position and can get the right care. Good luck!

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to marypw

Haha hi!

Yes I will do. The surgeon has said once I’m comfortable he will write to my cardiologist but you are so right about people having leaky valves and not knowing. I think I’m just really anxious as I get breathless and have chest pains and they are telling me it’s unrelated to my heart so I’m super worried there is something else wrong that they’ve not yet diagnosed.

It took 2 years of fighting to get diagnosed with a moderate to sever leaky valve!

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MichaelJH
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I had unrelated surgery five months after my bypass. It was all straightforward bar some heart drugs have to be stopped anything from one to five days before surgery. After the pre-op I was sent specific instructions in regard to this.

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to MichaelJH

Wow, this is so helpful. I guess it’s normal and I don’t need to worry.

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Celtic

MussP, my slightly leaking heart valve so diagnosed some 15+ years ago by accident was never followed up. Recently, chest pain had my GP whisk me off to A&E where I was admitted for 5 days, wired up to a monitor for 48 hours following an echocardiogram, diagnosed with now moderate to severe, regurgitation and fluid around the lungs, prescribed 5mg Bisoprolol and an increased dose of my Losartan BP medication and discharged. A further echo just recently has impressed the cardiologist (in a good way!) and I will be checked again in a year’s time. I did have a small op with GA several months ago whilst unaware of the situation and all was well. BUT you mention having chest pain - do get that checked out now, and good luck!

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to Celtic

Weeks of anxiety has been relieved in just a couple of hours! I will definitely keep pushing on the chest pain point though! I have a cardiology appointment next week.

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MichaelJH
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Go prepared for the pre-op to overrun as they may decide on extra tests. Best to get it done and dusted on the day rather than have to go back!

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to MichaelJH

If they don’t suggest a pre-op, I shall ask for one. What did yours consist of please?

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MichaelJH
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in reply to MissP77

They would never give a general anesthesic without a pre-op... They should also do one for a local as issues could mean a change of plan on the day... I had the usual BP and bloods... Discussed medical history with pre-op nurses, saw consultant's assistant for a check and review, and then went on for ECG, echocardiogram and chest X-ray... For the bypass I had many more including urine tests, lung function (they take a hammering in OHS), cartoid artery scan and kidney scan. In fact full MOT!

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to MichaelJH

I had my pre op on Friday. Discussed medical history, had bp, bloods, urine test, ECG and lung function. I go in this afternoon. Thanks for your reassurance!

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Dolphin14
Dolphin14
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Good luck today

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to Dolphin14

Thank you!

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MichaelJH
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in reply to MissP77

Once you get into the hospital the professionalism of the cardic team will really reassure you. Remember whilst a "once in a lifetime" experience for you it is their "bread and butter". All the best...

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MissP77

Makes sense! Thanks!!

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MissP77

I’ve been booked in for my surgery on Tuesday and am going for my pre op today. Thank you so much for all of your support. I’m sure I’ll be a total mess on the day with fear but re-reading these messages have really helped xx

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Zena166

Good luck for today. Stay strong and positive. Sending big hugs and positive thoughts. Thinking of you. Focus on your recovery. Take care. Zena x

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to Zena166

Thank you!!

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MissP77

All went well! I freaked out when I got downstairs but everything went well. Was meant to be discharged today but my bp kept dropping so I’ll go home tomorrow so they know I can start my Amlodopine again for my MVR

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MichaelJH
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in reply to MissP77

Glad to hear it went smoothly. A friend had day surgery the same day. Despite only going down at 16:30 and having low oxygen at 21:00 they were discharged at 23:30. They live alone and their son was not impressed!

Hopefully your BP stabilised and you are on your way home shortly.

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MissP77
MissP77
in reply to MichaelJH

Wow!! I wouldn’t be impressed with that either! That’s dreadful!!

It’s still been a bit up and down but I still be going home in the morning and they’ve asked me to continue monitoring it at home before I start back the meds which sounds sensible.

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MichaelJH
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in reply to MissP77

The son has a young family and I believe his wife is putting in a complaint. Sending people home at after about 08:00pm doesn't seem sensible particularly when they have had a procedure under a full anesthetic!

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MissP77

Thank you all!

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