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Aortic Valve Replacement
globug0407 posted:
I came across this site and wanted to hear from people who have gone through what I am about to face. I am a 42 year old female in great health with the exception of being born with a bicuspid aortic valve. I had been having issues and have been told before the holidays that I need to have the replacement surgery within the next 6 months. I will be having a mechanical one as recommended. I want to know the details about this horrific situation from the depression and pain to life after the replacement. I have full knowledge medically (procedure, tests, medications) from the doctors but I really need to hear from people who have experience this actually event.
billh99 responded:
I have not had a valve replacement, but I did have a CABG (bypass) which has many of the same issues.

The pain can be bad, but it is mostly very quick when you do things like cough or do the breathing exercises. In the hosptial they will give you a pillow and show you how to use it to help control the pain if you have to cough. The pain is mostly in the first 2-3 weeks.

Both a neighbor and myself have had bypass surgery and shoulder rotator cuff surgery. We both agree that we would rather have another open heart surgery than the should surgery.

Some people have a problem sleeping laying down and find using a recliner helps for the first few days.

While depression is common with heart problems it really depends on the person and the problem. I think that it more common with people that have sudden events such as a heart attack.

My CABG was due to increasing blockage of my left main coronary artery. So I got shortness of breath and fatigue. No sudden event. So I was looking forward to the surgery and the main "side effect" was greatly increased energy.

From what I have heard heart valves problems are very similar.

I know several runners who have had aortic valve replacement and surprised at the increased energy.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"I want to know the details about this horrific situation from the depression and pain to life after the replacement."

"I really need to hear from people who have experience this actually event."

Patient resources

An informational and support site for heart valve replacement patients, and for those who may/will need this type of major surgery sometime soon.


Best of luck with your upcoming surgery and down the road of life.

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