I have a friend who has COPD. She needs both aortic and mitral valve replacement fairly soon, as both have "moderate" issues, and she has severe angina, because of the valves in combination with the lung issues.
Her doctor has told her that she can't have surgery because of the COPD. He now has her coming in for echoes every three months. What for, if he's not going to do anything for her? All these echoes do is to rub her nose in it. The COPD and the heart get worse over time. Eventually, the COPD will be bad enough that no one will be able to operate on her.
She is still in good enough condition to come to work each day. I've never heard her coughing, so it must be one of the other types of COPD. You wouldn't know she has any of this, if you saw her working. I want to believe she can get her heart fixed.
She's a very nice lady, and we've had a nodding acquaintance for a number of years. I've mentioned CCF to her, but I'd like to know if anyone here is aware of or has had valve surgery with COPD. Any information I could give to her would be a blessing. Who to talk to, how to contact them, which surgeons, where, whatever news.