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Open-heart surgery

  1. Feb 2, 2006 #1

    GENIERE

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    Open-heart surgery.

    I don’t recommend it for everyone…but if you have, as I had, several almost totally occluded cardiac arteries and a poorly functioning aortic valve, it’s worth considering.

    I had the surgery on Jan. 2, 2006 wherein 3 arteries were bypassed and my aortic valve was replaced with a valve from a cow or a `bovine’ valve as the surgeon calls it. The bovine valve comes with a lifetime warranty. I think having a warranty is good but I have some confusion as to how I report a failure. At the surgeon’s discretion, I could have had a pig’s valve (porcine) or a mechanical valve (ping-pong ball in a bird cage).

    I’m one of the lucky people who have had this surgery as I have never had a heart attack and my heart pumps very strongly. The surgery took less than three hours without any complications at all. I was kept under anesthesia for an entire day and was walking several hours after reviving. I left the hospital on Jan. 7th.
     
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    Wow, that's an amazingly serious procedure! Glad you're up and posting.

    What were the symptoms that lead you to the doctor in the first place?
     
  4. Feb 2, 2006 #3

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    Wow! Glad you're back up and around (or at least up and posting). How's the recovery going? I hope you're up and about and fully recovered as quickly as possible. :smile:
     
  5. Feb 3, 2006 #4

    GENIERE

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    Thanks guys

    I had mild symptoms, it seemed a Boa constrictor was squeezing my chest after I did moderate exercise. I never go to the doctor and I hid my symptoms from my family but was caught grimacing by my eldest son after carrying a heavy Christmas present into his home. The next day my kids forced me, kicking and screaming, into the emergency room.

    I was a heavy smoker so I thought I had emphysema …oddly it turns out that my lungs aren’t too bad.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2006 #5

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    Yay! Geniere, I am so glad to hear about your remarkable recovery. Does this make you a cow-borg? Don't forget to fill out and send in that warranty card!
     
  7. Feb 3, 2006 #6
    Yeah, that sounds bad. Glad you got it taken care of. I think that's the same thing David Letterman had a couple years back.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2006 #7

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  9. Feb 3, 2006 #8

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    Sympathies, GENIERE. Have you quit smoking?
     
  10. Feb 3, 2006 #9

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    WOW! You are very fortunate your son noticed!

    Welcome back and congratulations on your recovery! I wondered to where you had disappeared.

    Take it easy :cool: , keep getting stronger, and live much longer!
     
  11. Feb 3, 2006 #10
    I'm happy to hear, that your kicking and screaming did no good! And glad to hear you've got a second chance at living to a ripe old age.
     
  12. Feb 3, 2006 #11

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    I'm hoping by the time I get to that stage of life, they'll have mechanical hearts that are self-fixing. Maybe that's a bad idea, though. Then I'll just keep living and living even though the rest of my body is wrinkled and broken and I'll hardly be able to do anything.
     
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