I was in hospital yesterday for an angiogram. Last year during a routine ECG pre cataract surgery, it was evident that I had suffered a "silent" heart attack. An echocardiogram revealed a problem with my mitral valve. Further tests now indicate that damage to my mitral valve is not mild to moderate as the echo suggested but moderate to severe with evidence of disease in a blood vessel. I saw the Cardiologist after the test and he said that he believed that bypass surgery and valve replacement would be the only option. I am to have a further test (transoesephegeal echocardiogram) before referral to a surgeon.
I am quite despondent about all this so I was wondering if anyone else had had the test, (TOE) and what was people's experience of bypass surgery and valve replacement.
Thanks in advance