scintillating scotoma after mitral valve repair and A-Fib. ablation
last may I joined your group (yoanne). I did several postings about mitral valve repair, about statins etc. now I have a question about a symptom, which is not life-threatening, but it keeps me busy.I want to know ,if there is an explanation or a connection with my heart operation.I am not sure,whether you have ever heard of this symptom. It is hard to explain. May-be the explanation of wikipedia could be helpful (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scintillating_scotoma). I notice this in my eyes, but it is a neurological condition, so where to put the posting??
I had the first scotoma when I was young. very irregular, 2 or 3 times a year. it was never followed by migraine..docters didn’t worry, so did I.
Everything changed after my operation last april. 6 days later these scotomas suddenly appeared frequently, 4-5 times a day. sometimes one scotoma disappeared, and at the same time the next one started near the center of the vision. Slowly they became less, but since then I had them 2 – 3 times a week. What worries me now, is the fact, that in the last three weeks they happen every day!! Why ?? that’s my question, Colleen. Is there somebody, who knows the answer? Is there a correlation with the heart surgery? I read in a article, that electrophysiological actions in the heart can provoke them. I had an ablation at the end of the mitral valve repair, is this the explanation? but why now 5 months after the operation?
I’m quite sure that the cerebral circulation is crucial, i.e. a hypoperfusion might provoke them, although many people do not accept it because of the brain autoregulation.
I am aware that this a very difficult question. Nevertheless I hope that one member of the mayo connect can confirm this phenomenon.
It is useless to ask a medical person, most of them have never heard of it.