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    Default Pericardial Rub

    Hi. Has anyone experience of the following:

    When breathing in, my heartbeat becomes louder, untill it sounds like knocking on my breastbone. It sometimes occurs (lightly) just by sitting up). I'm about 2 weeks post-op.

    The cardio has dismissed it as a pericardial rub, but I'm not so sure. To me it sounds like the valve (CE Bovine 27mm) rubbing against the back of my breastbone. If it is (pericardial rub), how long can I expect it to be like this, and does it cause any damage. If not, what else could it be.

    Regards
    Walter

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    from thoracic ct scans i've seen of different people, the valve itself is too far away from the breast bone to rub against it. There was one other guy here that complained of a similar phenomenon and it drove him absolutely nuts... to the point of seeking out a few different opinions and considering another OHS (if I remember correctly).
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    You are ONLY two weeks poat op and the organs are still trying to settle down ...give the body a chance to get its @#%# together again ....this too will pass

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    I am 6 weeks post-op and I also have the same sensation as you describe. I saw my cardiologist today and she said that it will eventually go away but couldn't predict a timeframe. Sometimes it does drive me nuts, though. I finally have my post-op visit with the surgeon next Tuesday so will also get his opinion.
    Chris
    10/27/10 AVR for quadracuspid aortic valve - #21 Edwards Magna EZ Valve, Dr. Bavaria, UPenn

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    Default Settling Down?

    It does take a while for things to settle down after OHS. Your body is pretty traumatized by what it's been through. Give it some time to adjust.

    -Philip

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    Ditto to what Philip just wrote and welcome to the site
    Repaired coarctation of the aorta and replaced bicuspid aortic valve
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    Yep, me, too. But I'm now 4 months post op, and noticing the increased noise upon inhalation less and less these days. Although it may never go away. Breathing in just changes the sonics, and position of the organs, etc.
    Laurie
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    I'm 4 1/2 months post-op and sometimes I still get that when breathing in while laying on my stomach. They used to tell me it was plueral rub now they think it is just my sternum being "creaky"
    MV repair 7/26/10 @ the Cleveland Clinic w/Dr. Gillinov Post surgery a-fib, Dressler's, anemia "It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all". ~Albert Camus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily View Post
    ........................... welcome to the site
    HOW did I miss and WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY ....we are all brothers and sisters in OHS (open heart surgery) here is a list of terms you will encounter http://www.valvereplacement.org/foru...27412-Acronyms

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