Tony, your LV continued to shrink after 1 year post surgery? If so, by how much?T in YVR;n865422 said:It has taken about 2.5 years but my LV finally hit a high normal range for me of 57mm when I had an echo in Feb/16. I am still on Coversyl and Metoprolol to help my heart recover and regain as much of it's normal size as possible. I may be on them forever - TBD. With regurg, the LV size is a big factor they watch I believe.
Great to hear. Yea, keeping the training volume and heart rate down until the LV finishes reverse remodeling is a good idea.T in YVR;n865433 said:MethodAir - yeah, a bit strange that it came down, but there may be an explanation - and it has been an extremely slow process. Also, echoes are not very exact so there may be some variance from tech to tech. However, I was told that after about 12-18 mo the LV size will probably be as low as it goes. I upped my metoprolol ever so slightly about 18 mo. post op from about 12.5 mg 2x per day (25mg total) to about 36-37 mg daily. Basically 3/4 of a tablet instead of 1/2 tab 2x daily. I'm not sure if that did it or not but that's the only change, other than less exercise lately (so maybe not working my heart quite as hard lately?). I upped the dose because my LV had gone up 1 mm on a test (had also been exercising quit e a bit leading up to it). I was originally at 65mm pre surgery, 66 mm 2 weeks post op, and then slowly trended down. For a few echos I was 59mm, then I hit 58, and then 57mm. My cardiologist orders me echos every 6 mo. so I have been monitoring it closely. So, not an exact science but I'm 9mm down from my high measurement.