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Irregularities after AVR

Jewel7
Jewel7

Hi all,

I’ve posted before, my husband is nearly four weeks post op AVR. Some of you have been really helpful your response to any questions we had. Dispute going to the GP and ringing the surgeon about my husband irregularities/ ectopic beats, it’s still happening, my question is..... will the irregularities go back to normal heart rhythm and is it really ok to just sit on theses issues because although I have spoken to professionals apart from stopping his water tablets nothing is happening about it.

Regards,

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Hi Jewel

I know and apologise for stating the obvious here

If this was happening to me (AVR & double by-pass 2015)

I would be getting in touch with both my GP and my Cardiothorasic consultant and telling them that the water tablet solution is not working and he still has a problem!

Make sure that everything else is being followed properly - excercise, diet, rest and relaxation.

Keep a note of when events happen and if anything led to them

Sorry can't help more but it is all about team work

Take care and stay in touch

Alastair

Jewel7
Jewel7 in reply to alheart

Thank you for your reply... I have been in touch with the consultant and he says that the heart need to settle down and almost get used to the new valve.

Thank you and regards,

alheart
alheart in reply to Jewel7

Never had such advice

Had started my physio by then

Walking to lampost and back the stretching to the next and back every second day

Anyway

I would keep monitoring and recording anything that doesn't seem right and bring it up at the first post-op review

Take care

A

Jewel7
Jewel7 in reply to alheart

Thank you once again, I’ve phone the consultant this morning and waiting for a call back just to put our minds at rest.

Thank you.

alheart
alheart in reply to alheart

That is great

No such thing as a stupid question and all of us, as patients, are different!

I live and had all my op in Edinburgh

Have a friend who went through the same op as myself one month later on London

Come the 5 months after his op, he was still awaiting his physio course whilst I had long completed mine 3 months earlier

So worth keeping an eye on things

Good luck and stay in touch

A

Jewel7
Jewel7 in reply to alheart

Hi, we got the call back, we were told not to worry about the irregular heart rhythm/ ectopic , carry on with the Amioderone until phone post op review. And keep going with the bisoprolol.

I guess it does worry me that both the GP and the surgical team basically do their diagnosing over the phone and not a physical examination is completed post op after discharge.

Regards,

alheart
alheart in reply to Jewel7

Probably due to Virus controls

I was recently diagnosed over the phone initially prior to seeing GP then a consultant with a malignant melanoma for this reason

Had it removed under local anesthetic rather than general to remove the risk of any potential virus exposure

Hard times for all

My diagnosis came two days after my daughter was released from hospital after suffering from Covid Pneumonia!

After seeing what she went through I would avoid it at all costs

She is a primary 2 teacher and got it from her class.

Children do carry it

I would just keep notes and take care

A

alheart
alheart in reply to Jewel7

Thanks for all the replies as well

Appreciate it

Take care

Jewel7
Jewel7 in reply to alheart

Yes thank you all for the support and comments,

Regards,

Hi Jewel. Obviously, the consultant and GP are happy that there is nothing seriously amiss, but as you say, without seeing your husband, how can they be sure.

I suggest you call the BHF nurses to have a chat with them. They are more (human!) likely to be able to reassure you. They might also be able to suggest ways to make your husband more comfortable - different exercise, breathing exercises, that sort of thing.

Good luck xx

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