Share from Heart: Mitral Valve Prolapse Surgery and Recovery

Author: American Heart Association:1

I was just getting a general physical and I was just about ready to turn 30 I also was preparing to become married. And so I thought a lot of that had to do - a lot of the stress of planning a wedding and that had to do with just the palpitations that I was feeling, the anxiety that I was feeling Well, I went to the doctor and the doctor asked me, “Did anyone ever tell you that you had a heart murmur?” And I said, “No, what is a heart murmur?” And so they explained to me what a heart murmur was and in an abundance of caution, she referred me to a specialist. I then found that I had the mitral valve prolapse. Within the last two years, I developed a leaky mitral valve. And from there I was recommended to have open heart surgery. It was very scary. I felt that I didn’t have anyone to talk to.

And I feel that the feelings of the “What ifs...?” the “Why me…?’s,” the “Will I survive the surgery?,” that feeling of just not having someone else to talk to for a frame of reference made me feel just completely alone and isolated from the rest of the world, so to speak. I actually researched heart conditions and how to prepare for open heart surgery. The more information that you receive about your situation, the better equipped you will be to handle your recovery process. The patient support network actually provides a forum and an opportunity for everyone to come together to understand that it is the survivors that will be able to help you prepare and encourage you throughout your journey. Just reach out to us. We welcome you with heart.

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By: American Heart Association:1