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Atrial Septal Aneurysm, anyone?

  • 1.  Atrial Septal Aneurysm, anyone?

    Posted 06-08-2020 10:40
    Hi, my name is Anne, and I'm a newbie here. I had open heart surgery three weeks ago today for two things: to close an ASD, and to correct an Atrial Septal Aneurysm.  The  ASA was classified as "giant", measuring more than 3cm, and pretty much occluded my entire right atrium.  Recovery has been going pretty well, I guess, but I did have to go back to the hospital for a few days a week ago due to low O2 sats, trouble breathing, and pain. They treated me with lasix and I improved. The O2 sats started dipping a lot again yesterday, too, but I was able to treat with lasix at home and it improved.
    Anyway, has anyone else out there had surgical repair of an ASA? Not aorta.

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    Anne Birdsong
    Occupational Therapist
    Rural
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  • 2.  RE: Atrial Septal Aneurysm, anyone?

    Posted 06-09-2020 12:38
    Hi Anne,
    I'm not sure if you not Not Aorta  means you dont wish feed back on this valve or not, but I can respond about the Open Heart. I have had three open heart surgeries in my 63 years, all taking place in the late 1960's to 1976. In those dinosaur days, there was nothing like O2 readers, but I can mention that often times after surgery I had very difficult times breathing and I am sure my O2 was very low. Most of the breathing problems were from the sternum; it hurt to try and take a deep breath.

    I did go to our local hospital to be checked out:
    Blood pressure,  an EKG machine the size of a desk top, some deep breath s (yeah right) I was only 11 years old and I had what is now known as panic attacks.  But always they said I was alright.
    Took a few visits to my cardiologist to confirm every thing was normal.
    Anyway,  that's my story.
    I hope this helps in any way, Anne.
    Ken






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    ken levine
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    802-236-8186
    kenpaullevine@gmail.com
    Middlebury, Vermont
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  • 3.  RE: Atrial Septal Aneurysm, anyone?

    Posted 06-10-2020 09:43
    Hi Ken and Anne, 

    I was in a respite home after my OHS and had low 78-82  readings.  I was not allowed to go home until I was up to 86 during exercise and after and that did not happen until late October last year.

    I did deep deep breathing and meditation to try to get
    those numbers better, but my lung was damaged during the OHS and it took some time to get better.  To be honest, I did not really feel full of breath until about April of this year, almost 9 months since my OHS

    Hope this helps a bit





  • 4.  RE: Atrial Septal Aneurysm, anyone?

    Posted 06-10-2020 11:39
    Hi Mary, thanks for your reply.  When was your OHS? You said you were able to go home in October, so I was wondering how long that was.  I would like to try some meditation or some kind of app to improve my breathing, do you have any you would recommend?

    Thanks,
    Anne

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    Anne Birdsong
    Occupational Therapist
    Rural
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  • 5.  RE: Atrial Septal Aneurysm, anyone?

    Posted 06-10-2020 11:36
    Thanks for the feedback, Ken!  It must've been pretty frightening to undergo OHS back in the day.  I'm sure they only did it when there was no other choice.  The breathing thing just surprised me.  I don't know whether I tuned the info out or what, but really wasn't expecting lung issues after surgery, lol! Now that I'm past the three week mark I seemed to have turned a corner for the better.  My O2 sats are remaining higher and I can do more without getting SOB.  In hindsight, I think a lot of it could have had to do with anxiety.

    Thanks,
    Anne

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    Anne Birdsong
    Occupational Therapist
    Rural
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