Heart Valve replacement

By L.E.D Latest Reply 2011-02-01 23:27:06 -0600
Started 2010-10-06 20:23:47 -0500

I had my heart valve replaced last year with a mechanical valve and was interested to know if anyone else has had this procedure? I feel great but am still not used to the clicking the valve makes.

11 replies

HeartHawk 2011-02-01 23:27:06 -0600 Report

To All,

This is a great discussion! It is really heart-warming (yeah, I know, another bad pun) to see everybody sharing their experience. Heart disease can mess with your head as much as with your body. This is the kind of reassurance that lets us know we really aren't that weird. OK, well, some of us are - but not because of our hearts, lol!


tankmom 2011-01-06 19:19:27 -0600 Report

To the heart valve replacemet FEATURE post, when I first had my valve replaced, I too found that it was much louder than I expected, but you will get used to it, and take comfort in the idea that you can hear it, and be reassured that you are alive and ticking:) (no pun intended) and that in itself should be comforting music to your ears.

mike call
mike call 2010-11-04 16:10:23 -0500 Report

i just had a congenitally defective aortic valve replaced an a permanent pace maker install…am 56 so i have not know that i had this problem until recently..

Netsy 2010-11-06 00:03:05 -0500 Report

I had my regurgitating aortic valve replaced with a pig's valve 33 yrs ago when I was 29. Thirteen yrs later I had to have that replaced with a mechanical valve. I did hear it but it has never bothered me. My family will tell me every now and then that they hear me clicking. It's usually in a quiet place if they are sitting beside me. My husband counts it as a blessing. Then 9 yrs ago I had to have the mitral valve replaced with a mechanical valve. When I go to the doctor sometimes people that have never heard mechanical valves make a comment about the racket in there. I never really hear it anymore unless I listen for it. With the last surgery I developed afib. I take pacerone for that. I have had a couple of recurring episodes and have had 2 cardioversions to get my heart back in rhythm. I do anything that I want and am thankful for every day that God gives me. He's still working on my. My grandkids have always loved to lay against my chest and listen to my valves. All that to say, you do get used to it and it becomes less annoying.

L.E.D 2010-11-03 21:47:47 -0500 Report

My son (11 years old) can hear it too and asks me to open my mouth and let his friends hear it.

tankmom 2010-11-03 21:32:23 -0500 Report

I had a mitral valve replaced with a mechanical valve in 2008 and I find it comforting to hear it, knowing it is keeping me going. My husband also has heard it but not to the extent of what catjumpexpress says. I had to chuckle about that and I read it to my husband. He is hard of hearing and he hears mine but he never said he had until I read the post to him. My daughter, the first time we were in a room alone, she asked me what was ticking, and could not believe what she was hearing. Enjoy the comfort it gives you.

catjumpexpress 2010-10-13 21:50:19 -0500 Report

Oh yeah…I've had a mechanical valve for almost 3 years and the noise can make you crazy…hard for me to sleep. I sleep with the TV on. How do you deal with it?

L.E.D 2010-10-16 08:54:17 -0500 Report

I sleep with an Ipod! I can hear it in my box springs and my hubby can too.

catjumpexpress 2010-10-17 21:57:41 -0500 Report

Yes, my husband hears it, too. And if it skips a few beats or doesn't sound 'right' to him he gets wierd…'how come your heart is wigging out'…omg…bad enough I have to listen to it…all I need is the peanut gallery's comments! I just tell him Oh well, glad it's still ticking…the alternative would not be good!

L.E.D 2010-10-18 20:07:50 -0500 Report

I am glad someone else hears it. How long has it been since you have had your new valve?

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