Heart Disease Community
6wks post op open heart surgery
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

6wks post op open heart surgery

I'm 79 and just had emergency open ht surgery 6 or 7 wks ago. Tough, but I made it through. Now the cardiologist says that my mitral and bicuspid valves are leaking and I may be looking at surgery again. He put me on Aldactone for now for fluid buildup.

Never had problems w/valves before. I'm thinking that unclogging the 95% blocked coronary artery has probably put lots more blood for the heart to handle and it may be stressing the valves. (That may have had some latent problems anyway)
Has anyone who is older had this happen after open heart surgery?

Joan
Related Discussions
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
976897_tn?1379171202
I'm wondering what procedure you had? Which coronary artery was unclogged through open heart surgery? Was it a bypass? The only unclogging I know of through open heart surgery is an endarterectomy, but this is very rarely used unless a bypass is being performed because of the very high risks.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I had bypass surgery for 95% clogged coronary artery. Couldn't do stents because of some slow bleeding from a hiatal hernia.
Blank
976897_tn?1379171202
Your way of thinking is not really correct. The coronary arteries are blood vessels which feed the heart to keep it alive and give it energy. The coronary arteries are not the vessels which actually feed the heart with blood to be pumped through the valves and through the body. Your heart would not receive any more blood into the chambers with the artery being opened up. Your heart may simply be working more efficiently and pumping more blood with each cycle. More likely the valves had problems before but wasn't discovered or the condition was very mild then. Are the valves leaking mild/moderate or severe? I think you need a TEE scan to get a more detailed analysis.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar commented on lboogie7729's status
4 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
remar commented on Beanie0's status
4 hrs ago
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Healthscreen results
7 hrs ago by Bromley
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
How to Silence Your Inner Critic an...
15 hrs ago by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eaters: How to Silence Yo...
Mar 26 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
1344197_tn?1392822771
Blank
Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterecto...
Feb 19 by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA