Success. Aortic heart valve replacement in N. Minnesota

Posted by dfelix @dfelix, Mar 21 6:33am

I had open heart surgery to replace my Aortic heart valve. They also did maze procedure. After 3 months of rehab I’m now better than ever. I can walk 4 miles a day. My heart pressure is normal. No more a fib. Got off of blood thinners. I got my life back. 73 years old,

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Did they have to break your ribs? How was the pain trying to sleep or to lift a gallon of milk or any other pain? Thanks dave

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Yes they broke my ribs. They wired it so well that it didn't hurt. They give you heart shaped pillow. I went to sleep every night clutching it to my chest. It took some time for the heart to adjust to the valve. But I;m doing great right now. Thanks Dennis

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The staff and my Surgeon were great. The anesthesia was the worst part. I had a panic when I woke up. My big mistake was not doing my breathing tube like they told me. I had very shallow breathing at first. Dennis

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