leaky heart valve

debrachapa
By debrachapa Latest Reply 2012-02-23 23:31:56 -0600
Started 2011-11-06 23:48:07 -0600

i was wondering if anyone else has a aortic leaky heart valve and had surgery to fix it? i found out about mine about 6 yrs ago and at that time it was moderate to severe but have not yet had the surgery. i see a cardiologist every six months and get echos done. i had some blood work done in may and showed my cholesterol was 244 and im a very little person at 114 lbs and 5'2. i am also in going through menopause. i feel alot more tired and palpations are more common. saw my mom die after her brain surgery so im traumatized and im terrified of this heart surgery i need since they stop your heart. any input would be so greatly appreciated. thank you and God bless you all and bring you good health.


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bikerbay
bikerbay 2012-02-20 23:57:07 -0600 Report

Just think positive and it might be ok, make sure u have a living will just in case. It is terrifying and u may feel upset or u may want to cry or just hold some ones hand. That good to. Make sure if u don't understand something u get the DR. To explain everything to another person. All of my heart Surgery's were very dangerous. I don't remember but I know it will be ok

redorangedog
redorangedog 2011-12-04 09:03:07 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, I just received the results from my last echo and stress est. It showed severe mitral valve regurgitation, tricuspid valve regurgitation and aortic stenosis and right coronary artery sclerosis. You had a traumatic experiencing. I am so sorry for he loss of your mother. Grief therapy can be useful at a time like this. Sometimes it is offered to families that have suffered the loss of a loved one at the hospital were your Mother (RIP) had the surgery. Post traumatic stress syndrome is common after the loss of a loved one and the social worker from the hospital can give you some resources in your area. It would be helpful to talk about your fears of surgery with a professional, a religious leader or group meetings offered in your area. I needed to have grief therapy after my Mother passed away from a brain tumor and again when I lost my only child to sudden heart disease. It is helpful for some and not for others, it is a very personal choice. My doctor is does not know at this time if I am a candidate for the surgery. My sister just had another MI and was told that her new heart has developed a leaky valve and is sending her to Pre-hab to get in shape for the up coming surgery. When your heart is stopped and put on a by-pass machine, the rest of your body is kept oxygenated until your heart re-started. I have seen this done many hundreds of times very successfully. Only the oldest and sickest patients with multipal problems have difficulty. Your cholesterol problem needs to be addressed. And, your echos can improve also. Adopt a healthy heart diet, exerciser as much as your doctor allows, stress management, counseling for nutrition, adopting a healthy life-style change, reducing your cholesterol, just might be all that is needed. G-D did not bring you this far only to leave you. Together you can do amazing things. And, always seek out a second opinion for a heart surgeon at a different hospital. Keep copies of all test done and it is a great time to start a personal journal. Good luck, stay strong and be informed, my best wishes to you, Red

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-12-04 02:02:55 -0600 Report

debra:

There are many community members here with leaky heart valves (I have a slight leak myself in my mitral valve). What valve is causing your problem and how severe does your doc say it is?

HH

debrachapa
debrachapa 2012-02-23 19:10:17 -0600 Report

its my aortic valve and its between a medium leak and a severe leak. been no change in 5 yrs and im hoping no change still when i go to see my dr on march 9th.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-02-23 23:31:56 -0600 Report

debra:

Did the doc say whether the leak is due to valve calcification. If so, there are some exciting findings regarding heart calcifications and the supplements Vitamin D and K2 that might be worth looking into.

HH