Did you do other exercise before that you have quit ? I myself have settled on a fairly low stress regime--about 8000 feet a day walk 25 mins cardio via the treadmill and 10 mins every other day of weight liftingKudos for supporting your/buddy/hubby. In my experience support is very, very important.
1. At what age did you get your bio-prosthetic valve? 71 yo - 27mm Inspiris Resilia. Hopefully it will last 15 - 20 years at my age. If it starts to fail, I should be a candidate for a TAVR replacement
2. How long have you had your bio-prosthetic valve for? 21 months
3. If your valve failed, what was the reason? N/A
4. Are there any medications you have had to take after surgery because of the bio-prosthetic valve replacement surgery? Same as prior to surgery: 81mg aspirin, 2 BP meds, atorvastatin
5. Did you have any complications after your surgery? No
6. What is your exercise tolerance like now after surgery? 3 mile walk 5 days/week at approx. 3.5 mph - with no difficulty.
7. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being miserable and 10 being happy, how happy are you with your choice for bio-prosthetic valve? 10 - so far
8. Is there anything that you would do differently now, that you have had this experience, and from all the things you have learned thus far? No
9. Any further tips to share on how to experience success and a great quality of life having made this important valvular choice?
- I greatly reduced anxiety for myself and my wife by researching and understanding valve and aneurysm issues so that I am able to read and understand test results. This really helped to understand the difference between moderate vs severe and the commensurate risks. And then to understand and make informed decisions on when to have the surgery performed, which valve to choose, what the surgical methods are - e.g. traditional sternotomy vs mini, etc. We were both still anxious but mostly confident going into the surgery.
- Research clinics and surgeons diligently. I wanted to get the very best possible skills and capabilities to give myself the best chance for a positive outcome. For me, this meant going 1000 miles from home instead of 30 miles.
- Post surgery mindset - I try to frequently remind myself that my life was extended and to make the most of it.