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Aortic Valve Alternative- 4 Years Put up-op – BionicOldGuy

I just lately handed the 4 yr anniversary of my coronary heart valve surgical procedure. Since I additionally had exercise-induced AFIB within the weeks earlier than the surgical procedure, I additionally obtained the Maze process, which meant this was not minimally invasive, as an alternative I obtained a median sternotomy. However my surgeon, Dr. Vincent Gaudiani, did a wonderful job. The small print of which are all described here.

The most important facet impact I had within the first few months post-op was pericarditis, or an infected pericardium (the liner surrounding the guts). At first this precipitated water across the lungs (pleural effusion) which made respiration harder. That was cleared up after a number of weeks by a stout dose of furosemide (additionally recognized by the model title Lasix). However I had an ongoing subject of an abnormally excessive resting coronary heart price, which took nearly a yr to fully go away.

Now, 4 years on, I’m fully asymptomatic. I simply did a major round of tests with my heart specialist that confirmed I now not have AFIB, and in addition shouldn’t have clogged coronary arteries.

Good to go! The anniversary actually made me recognize what I went by way of (with the assistance and assist of many individuals), and the way far I’ve come and the way fortunate I’m all of it turned out this manner. I made a decision to do one thing particular to rejoice. First, a few week in the past I did I brisk 50 mile journey within the hills, which felt nice. However I used to be on the lookout for one thing much more particular so have signed up for a century (100 mile bike journey) in October. I haven’t finished a kind of in forty years so it will hopefully present the previous boy has nonetheless obtained it (within the stamina division not less than). And it is going to be a enjoyable tour of rural elements of the Sacramento Valley I’ve by no means seen.

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