I Had a Heart Murmur (Part 4)

July 21, 2014 5:10 PM

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I Had a Heart Murmur (Part 4)

In my last post on 6/16/2014, I was a day away from aortic valve replacement surgery. I had had all my pre-op tests and was ready to go. As you can see, above, from the new title ("had"), the surgery was successful, and I no longer have a heart murmur. Today, I will explain the pre-op tests, and then we will go to the hospital for check-in, surgery and, the first night in the ICU. I'm going to wait for the next post to cover my recovery during my four days in the hospital and my rehabilitation/recovery in the first month since then. Today I am four months and a few days post surgery, and I took a 32 mile-bike ride this morning. CAUTION/WARNING: I have said from the beginning that I am relating MY experience. I am not a doctor, so I don't know if my experience is normal or average. I believe, from what I hear, that my recovery has been unusually fast, due primarily to the fact that I was in very strong condition before the surgery. Dr. Berger (cardiologist) and Dr. Somers (surgeon) and their staffs would say, of course, that my fast recovery is due primarily to superior medical treatment!

My surgery was Tuesday, June 17. On the Friday before I had a complete blood work-up (just a simple blood draw), a carotid doppler, a chest CT scan and an angiogram. These were all to detect other possible heart problems that could be addressed during the valve surgery. The carotid doppler was just ...

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