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almost_hectic

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As some of you have now had your surgery behind you for some time. Hows your memory function been since being put under for valve replacement? Is your memory just as sharp, do you attribute any change in memory function to just plain aging, or perhaps a result of your surgery? Please share with me what you've experienced, if you will. Thanks
 

Paleowoman

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Hi almost ! It's just over five years since I had AVR. My memory is just as sharp post surgery as it was pre surgery. And aging has made no difference, my memory has always been extremely good. What is different are the visual problems, auras, double vision, I have had since the day after surgery. Also my strength and fitness have not got back to what they were pre surgery - that could well be because I have moderate patient prosthesis mismatch - that is the valve I got is too small. I continue to get pains along my sternum too and it still makes klonking noises.

Have you noticed memory, or other problems ?
 

dick0236

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No problem here.......even at my current age of 83. That said, I now have some short term memory loss......but I think that is plain ole old age and not influenced by the surgery.
 

Warrick

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More forgetful but I think thats more attributed to statins.
No real sternum discomfort for the last year or so, my sternum still klonks when I walk and I hear it when its quiet but it has gotten louder, I think its a LH lower rib.
 

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No real sternum discomfort for the last year or so, my sternum still klonks when I walk and I hear it when its quiet but it has gotten louder, I think its a LH lower rib.
that's largely cartilage, so it may be that its not going to heal with out attention.



I'd suggest you see a doctor about it, but you've already told me what its like there ...

;-)
 

epstns

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almost_hectic, I am now 8 years out from surgery. I have noted some "silly" sorts of things that have changed for me. I seem to make more typing errors, for example, and I sometimes have to think twice to decide what to order in a restaurant or bar. But I don't really consider that as a memory deficit. I think of it as either normal aging (I'm now 71), or just not paying attention.

Now, for the first year or so after surgery, I do believe that I experienced some real memory deficit. I did have some trouble with critical decision-making at work, and had to devise some additional checks and balances to ensure that no critical mistakes were made. (I was, and still am, the Chief Financial Officer of a manufacturing company). For me, the deficit gradually faded, and by about 12 to 14 months post-op, I felt that I was back to "normal" - whatever that is.

If you sense that you may have a discernable deficit, I would recommend talking with a counselor (psychologist? psychiatrist?) to be evaluated. If you have an issue, it may be caused by many things, and may be suitable for treatment.
 

tom in MO

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I had a variety of mental effects following surgery. The ones still with me are memory problems, math problems, typing mistakes (sometimes a word that was unintended) and increased emotional reaction. I am 6 years out and they've gotten better over the years. For example, I lost the ability to do simple math such as figuring a tip at a restaurant. Now I have that back, but not as good as before. After surgery, I would cry at movies and never had before. Now I just feel like crying, but can control it...but more empathy is an improvement right? :)
 


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