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New to page I have to have my aortic valve replaced have to have open heart surgery at st vincents hospital melbourne and Im very scared by myself as my husband died 2 years ago wanting to talk to anyone about this snd recovery

posted July 16, 2017
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Good luck with your surgery-of course it’s scary-it’s a new experience! Definitely take any home health care you can get. Cook meals in advance. And definitely go to cardiac rehab! I’ve had 3 open heart surgeries and each one has added years to my life. Don’t hesitate to ask others about their experiences and any questions you have. The better prepared you are the less stressful it will be ❤️

posted January 1
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I had aortic aneurysm surgery will be a year July 3rd it's been hard a recovery so far I'm doing a lot of hard work to feel normal as I can so grateful to be alive

posted June 12, 2022
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I had double by-pass surgery last March, following a mild heart attack. I have recovered well and am back to my normal routine and physical activities. I am happy to correspond with you, God bless.

posted January 28, 2022
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I have had 3 heart attacks, 8 stents and my triple bypass went very well. Done by Mayo Clinic. My EF went from 28 to 53. The zipper still hurts some right before rain.

posted November 30, 2021
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I had quadruple bypass 9 months 51.i was back to work at 2 months.still feel some muscle pain in chest.besides that I'm feel great

posted December 30, 2019
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I was scared too. My son convinced me that because of the degree of blockages without it I would not have survived without CABG. I went home 4 days after surgery.I took my heart pillow that was given to me wherever I went. I found the worst part was not being able to drive and needing help. I am very independent and didn't like needing help. I was 75 years old then and my family noticed how much more energy I had especially after rehab. Younger people in rehab were surprised how well I was doing. Believe me I am 100% glad I had the surgery. Good luck and try to be positive. I am sure you will do great. Make sure you accept help and take care of yourself. Sending good vibes your way. Keep us posted please.

posted March 9, 2019
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

By the time your ready to go home, you will be surprised how quickly you will feel good, before you get home health care for a week or so after you come home, since you are alone. Maybe you could stay with a friend for a week or so as well. Be positive and all will be good.

posted December 5, 2017
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Wish you the bestRaelene

posted September 26, 2017
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Yes I was told that now they think a tissue valve will last as long as a mechanical one im 62 my valve is biased so have to have open heart wish it was not but thats the only way

posted September 26, 2017
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I had my aortic valve replaced with a mechanical one about 12 years ago, it has worked like a charm!!! Being I was only 67 at the time I chose the mechanical over the pig valve so as not to take a chance on having a second surgery in 10 years. I do have to take coumadin each day. I understand they can now do an aortic replacement without open heart surgery.

posted September 25, 2017

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