Was told around eight months ago that I was not yet a candidate for surgery, but if my aortic valve regurgitation worsened, I should consider getting the valve replacement and possibly the aneurysm fixed as well.
Fast-forward to my most recent test results, and the regurgitation is now considered moderate. Mild aortic stenosis. The aneurysm might have grown slightly, but not very much if at all over that time.
Now the surgeon is telling me I am a candidate for surgery, and that if it’s going to feel like it’s hanging over my head we should just do it now. Otherwise, we can wait until next fall for another set of tests.
Generally speaking I feel pretty good. I do have some periods where I am very exhausted, but that’s been going on for a while and I’m not convinced it’s linked to my heart. I recently discovered that my hemoglobin a1c is borderline pre-diabetic, and that seems like the more reasonable explanation for the fatigue (increased average glucose levels).
I’m in my early 50’s and concerned about a lot of factors related to surgery.
How will things change after? Will I have any long-term restrictions? Will being somewhat overweight make the surgery more difficult, complications more substantial, etc.?
It’s hard to get time with the cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon, which makes it difficult to get questions like this answered as well.
Planning for pushing for more of their time, and some resources to better educate myself.
Anyway, that’s my intro, hoping to hear from other people who had those two surgeries done.