Hi everyone, My name is Sev and I'm coming up on almost one year since my open heart surgery. Last year I was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with a mitral valve prolapse.
On Sept 9th 2019 (literally the day after my 39th birthday) I went in for the corrective surgery to fix the septal wall of my heart. A few days after my surgery a St Jude's pacemaker was put in to help assist my heart with a proper heartbeat.
it has been an interesting journey to say the least but over the last 11 months there have been many ups and downs.
I am new to this group and was just looking to meet some people who have experienced something similar to what I've been going through. It's hard for me to explain to my family and friends and for them to understand some of the adjustments.
looking forward to meeting and sharing with some new friends
Hi Anne, sure thing, so because of my condition the flesh of the septal wall had actually over grown into the chamber of the heart which was restricting blood circulation.
my symptoms were shortness of breath and lightheadedness along with a few fainting episodes (this is when the Dr said the surgery was needed).so the Dr had to actually cut out the over grown tissues of the sepal wall along with some of the fibers inside the chamber of the heart. This allowed for the blood to flow properly in and out of the chamber.
about 2 days after my heart surgery the dr noticed that I did have an irregular heartbeat AFTER the surgery (due to having to cut out the fibers in the heart). And that is when the pace maker was put in.
the way my Dr explained it to me is that my heart will always have an irregular beat unless I have a pace maker to regulate every beat.
I hope that helps explain it, sorry for the lengthy details!