In January 2020 I had a regular appointment with my cardiologist who noted my ascending aorta was close to the limit for requiring surgery but not needed yet. In late October 2020, at night when all was quiet I could hear an unusual swishing with each heart beat. I asked my wife to put her ear to my chest and we figured it was best to go to the GP (local doctor). I was admitted to hospital that day. I was treated for an infection for a week or so until a trans osopheagal echo was done. One of the leaflets of my heart was pretty much flapping around. There was no infection.Did the aneurysm drive the reoperation?
When I woke up in 2004 after surgery I got upset seeing two leads coming from my chest. I thought it was a permanent pacemaker. That would have meant for me the risk of going for a homograft was not worth it as I would have been limited in my lifestyle at that age.I was personally worried that I'd wake up with a pacemaker
Out of interest to the group I'll share the following. After the mechanical valve was installed in 2020 I started taking warfarin. When I was discharged from hospital I was discharging blood when I went to poo. It turns out I had a large polyp in my colon, that turned out to be cancerous. If I did not take warfarin I would surely not have known anything about this. I don't think I'm lucky in fact I think I'm blessed. I needed a section of my colon removed. That surgery went well and fingers crossed that will be that with surgeries.I hope neither of us need reoperation
I'm sure I paint a picture of a very sickly guy. I'm doing alright considering and to demonstrate some bit here's a photo of me taken this summer just gone.