Thanks for the update and glad to hear she’s well. I already took my second Moderna vaccine. I‘m ok.Since I was original poster to this question, inquiring what post-op people’s heart doctors are advising their post-OHS patients regarding taking the vaccine, I wanted to do a follow up on my 83 year old Mother’s experience with the vaccines. (Refresh memory: she had her second OHS, full sternum, late August and they replaced her aortic, mitral and repaired tricuspid.)
Vasovagal Syncope (fainting) is common after vaccinations but not sure if that's the case for your mom as it sounds like it was a few days later?She received the second vaccine, on a Friday and all was fine for a few days. Then on the fourth day, she was home alone and suddenly felt faint.
Your GP is trying to be too smart. First it is better to have some immunity than none. Second generally high dose steroids are not typically needed for heart surgery. Third it is only a theoretical risk that even if steroids were used your vaccination would be nullified.I’m 38 and have had a mechanical St Jude for my aortic valve for 34 years now. Waiting for the call to have it replaced and was determined to have my 1st vaccination at least before my surgery. Not sure I’ll get the second one before as in U.K. there’s a 12 week gap between but I had no intention of taking the risk of recovering from surgery without the protection of at least one half of the vaccination. The thought of getting COVID without vaccination protection whilst recovering from OHS just seemed too risky to me. Only thing I was told (and this was by GP not cardiologist) was that it wasn’t wise to have vaccination within a week before surgery. He explained this had nothing to do with risks to the surgery but if steroids were used in that time it could lessen the effect of the vaccination.
Sorry, mustn’t have been clear. I did have my first vaccine in 27th Feb. I felt GP was trying to be supportive and just checking. They were very clear to me that it was a wise choice to have the vaccine before surgery.Your GP is trying to be too smart. First it is better to have some immunity than none. Second generally high dose steroids are not typically needed for heart surgery. Third it is only a theoretical risk that even if steroids were used your vaccination would be nullified.
So at worst you might get a reduced effect (which is probably not likely)
verse no injection and no effect for sure.
So get vaccinated.