—- Mayo Clinic Connect wrote:
I’m doing great from the rheumatic fever. I had that when I was only 9 yrs. old and now am 74. So during my teen years and early 20’s I continued to improve yet there was much scar tissue left on my heart. By the time I really needed it, technology had caught up to my situation and I was able to get my mitral valve replaced (with a metal valve) and that covered things for a while. then a few yrs. later, I started into a-fib which remained an ongoing problem until I had the ablation and pacemaker about 3 yrs. ago. The medication usually used for a-fib – well I think I had gone thru all of them many time over. They would last about 2 months, then just quit working, so on to the next one. It got to the point we were going back and trying some of the first ones I ever used. But, in the end, nothing would bring the heart rate down, so we opted for this last procedure. I am, for the most part, pleased with this, but the quality of life is not the same. I am pretty limited in how far I can walk,etc. Otherwise, all is well and I guess this saved my little life. How are things with you and what’s your story of where this all began for you.