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Wed, Jun 3 11:21am · Nervous: Heart problem under control, concerned about amiodarone in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you for that great reply. When I go to my first excersize( sp) at cardiac rehab, I will definitely start asking those questions.

Wed, Jun 3 11:18am · Nervous: Heart problem under control, concerned about amiodarone in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you for your kind reply. I have been told that I had a problem, bad aorta, and now it is all fixed. That made me feel better. I have heard the term "afib" tossed around.
I was also told that I need to be taken off the Amiodarone as long term use is not good. Apparently the pressure that it is putting on now to keep the heart working like it should, becomes more and more and the heart will begin having a difficult time. So, I'm glad that I'm about at the end of taking it, but nervous that my heart will go crazy again without it. Just have to have faith that everything will be fine I guess.

Wed, Jun 3 11:11am · Nervous: Heart problem under control, concerned about amiodarone in Heart & Blood Health

I was told that the rapid heart beat is something that tends to happen after major surgery on the heart. The reason being that the heart is happy to do its job, but having it manhandled and all this occasionally is a natural reaction.
Thank you for your reply!!

Wed, Jun 3 11:07am · Nervous: Heart problem under control, concerned about amiodarone in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you so much. It is comforting to know there are others who know exactly what I am talking about.

Mon, Jun 1 8:01am · Nervous: Heart problem under control, concerned about amiodarone in Heart & Blood Health

Some may remember I had an aorta replacement back in March. Everything went perfectly. It was minimally invasive and the incisions are almost invisible now. Now for the rest: 2 weeks after I spent 2 days with. Heart beat of 170. Ended up going to the ER where they literally stopped my heart to find out what the problem was. They got it under control with amiodarone and pradaxa. 2 weeks later I had a really hard timing catching my breath, etc. and so, back to the ER for emergency surgery to drain a liter of fluid from around my heart. They took me off the pradaxa as the probable cause of the fluid buildup.
So now, a few later I feel wonderful. The Drs. And home health nurse have all signed off and told me to “finally live my life” thank God. I am going to rehabilitation for a few weeks. Didn’t want to, but think I’ll learn some new stuff on staying healthy. Plus it is keeping me humble as well.
Here is the problem: I have 7 more days on the Amiodarone. I’m terrified that once I go off it my heart will go crazy again. Any Advice? Thanks for reading all of this. I have learned and experienced more about hearts and hospitals that I never saw coming.LOL

Mon, Mar 16 6:36am · Will BUN levels affect aorta valve replacement? in Heart & Blood Health

I had no symptoms. I knew I had a heart murmur, was born with it but was told it would never be a problem. I went, back in Oct. to get a colonoscopy and during the pre op stuff, a nurse freaked out because she heard the murmur. Long story short, I ended up going to a cardiologist, a Dr. doom and Gloom kind of guy who proceeded to tell me that I was going to die from this if I don't hurry and have it taken care of. I then was sent to a surgeon who was a God send. I was about in tears at this point and he calmed me down and assured me I was alright but I indeed need surgery to replace the bi valve with a three valve, but after getting a cat scan said it was a little more urgent. I have aortic stenosis and need to have my aorta replaced. I am still working, a teacher, ride a couple miles on my bike and up to 40 laps in the pool every night. He told me to keep doing what I do. So, then being postponed 4 times for different reasons, I am finally going in tomorrow morning, Tuesday. I am still a symptomatic and a puzzle to all concerned, thank God. Now, aren't you glad you asked? LOL.

Sun, Mar 15 3:51pm · Will BUN levels affect aorta valve replacement? in Heart & Blood Health

Wow! Such wonderful replies, thank you so much. I'm so ready to finally have this done. I'm looking forward to the "new" level of energy they have promised me. I have become an endorphin junky. I swim and bike everyday after work which amazes my Dr. and not being able swim for the next few weeks is going to be a challenge. But, forgetting the future and living in the now, I am actually looking forward to this. Again, thank you everyone for your kind words and advice!

Sun, Mar 15 9:22am · Will BUN levels affect aorta valve replacement? in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you for your reply. At first they were going to do the Cath. Thing, but after the cat scan I need the whole aorta replaced but only minimumly invasive. I guess a 2 inch incision in front and one on the side.