Today is my 2nd year surgical anniversary. Yesterday I had an appointment with my cardiologist and all is well. I will not need to see him again for a year unless I develop symptoms. So it appears as though my aortic valve replacement and aneurysm repair, while difficult, was a success.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Had a routine check up with my cardio Dr. Keane yesterday at 18 months post op. Everything is fine. I see him again in six months. Found out that my wonderful surgeon, Dr. Wheatley, has moved on to another facility...he is a rising star in the heart surgery world.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
"A heart will never be practical until it can be made unbreakable." - L. Frank Baum
One year ago today, February 16, 2015, I embarked upon the most profound adventure of my life, as I put myself in the hands of a young heart surgeon at Temple University. He had told me that my heart condition would kill me if not treated. I trusted him to use his great talent and training to help me and he did not let me down. A year later I feel fully recovered and I'm enjoying my new lease on life.
It was a difficult recovery at times. Only the love and support of a wonderful spouse, many good friends, and our beautiful pets got me through it. To them I offer my undying gratitude.
To those facing open heart surgery in the future, know that all will be well with the support of loved ones and the passage of time.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Summary 1. Left ventricle: Size was normal. Systolic function was normal by visual assessment. Ejection fraction was estimated in the range of 55 % to 60 %. There were no regional wall motion abnormalities. There was mild concentric hypertrophy. Left ventricular diastolic function parameters were normal. 2. Aortic valve: A bioprosthesis was present. It exhibited normal function and normal motion. The leaflets appeared normal. There was a normal-appearing sewing ring and no rocking motion of the sewing ring. There was trivial aortic regurgitation. There was no significant perivalvular aortic regurgitation. Valve peak gradient was 12 mmHg. Valve mean gradient was 7 mmHg. The aortic valve obstructive index (by VTI) was 0.68. 3. Aorta, systemic arteries: The root exhibited mild dilatation, but represents proximal aortic graft after reconstruction of the proximal ascending aorta.