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I Had Open Heart Surgery

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    Coarctation Of The Aorta

    I was born with coarctation of the aorta. Aortic coarctation is a narrowing of part of the aorta (the major artery leading out of the heart). It is a type of birth defect. When I was born I wasn't breathing so immediately they gave me medicine and got me stabilized. I had surgery...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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    I also had open heart surgery shortly

    after I was born but the doctors just told my parents to leave me there, forget about me, and try again because there was no way I was going to live. I had a hole between the upper chambers (ASD), a hole between the lower chambers (VSD), my arteries carrying blood away were...
    EnigmaticYoshi EnigmaticYoshi 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    Ive Had Two Open Heart Surgery By The Age Of Twenty

    When i was sixteen years old i was diagnosed with endocarditis. Its a bacteria that atacks the mitral valve and then it turns into a veggie (basically its a piece of a virus growing on the mitral valve) its caused by black mold. At first the hospitial thought i had a...
    lildaddysdevil lildaddysdevil 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 25, 2010

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    My Mechanical Aortic Heart Valve Replacement For My Human One Which I Miss

    I went to the hospital on the 20th of OCT this year which was the new Birmingham Queen Elizabeth hospital in England . The ward was full of people at all different levels of recovery , an old chap in the next bed began chatting to me he had a big long scar down his chest which i...
    mattsheart mattsheart 36-40, M 3 Responses Dec 2, 2010

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    I am 19 years old and have had 3 major heart

    surgeries one of them being open heart.
    Klcataldo Klcataldo 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15

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    Jadewaves Jadewaves 26-30, F Feb 27

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    What is coronary artery disease?

    Can anyone explain me
    Sanvi1995 Sanvi1995 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 16

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    Right Ventricle Heart Tumour

    Hi everyone, Last year I found out I had a heart tumour. From the accidental diagnosis to lying on the surgeon's table was a matter of months. I was confused, scared and had no idea what was going on. I had the tumour removed from the right ventricle. It was a benign haemangioma...
    chickwithscars chickwithscars 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 4, 2012

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    Severe Aortic Stenosis

    On July 3, 2013 I found out that I had severe aortic stenosis. On Aug 2, 2013 Dr David Adams performed OHS on me and replaced my calcified bicuspid aortic valve. It is now 15 weeks later and I feel great. I am exercising daily and thinking about running the NYC marathon in...
    jkwol jkwol 61-65, M 3 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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    I've Had Open Heart Surgery

    I had quintuple heart bypass surgery jan. 2013. I also am diabetic and have high blood pressure. I am even riding my bicycle around 15 miles a day,but my blood sugar still goes all over the place. My blood pressure runs a little high. My concern however is depression seems to...
    cowpit79 cowpit79 51-55, M 1 Response Aug 6, 2013

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    Open Heart Surgery Complications For Almost 3 Years.

    I had open heart surgery in Oct 2010 to repair an aneurysm in my aortic root and a bicuspid aortic valve. I have an artificial aortic root and a mechanic valve. I ended up having electrical blockage between the top and bottom chambers (complication of surgery) and had a pacemaker...
    LieutenantLumpy LieutenantLumpy 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 3, 2013

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    Hello

    I am Danielle I am 19 I live in Harrisburg Pennsylvaina I had 2 open heart suguries back in 1991 when I was born and I had my second sugurey in 2007.. I also had Sugurey on my right eye but I do not remember when I had it done.. And I just had a stint put in my leg this past July...
    DanielleLovesSteelers DanielleLovesSteelers 18-21 4 Responses Feb 18, 2011

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    Strange Behavior

    Well, I was a classic heart attack. 4 sprays of nitro got me to the ER and a stent. The other 3 arteries needed a bypass ASAP. So 2 weeks later they sawed me open and snagged a vein from my leg and did a remarkably artistic job of sewing my heart some new irragation. It all went...
    betterred betterred 41-45 Oct 8, 2010

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    You Never Can Be Sure

    I am 62 and in pretty good physical shape, or so I thought! One day my grandson ask me to run in an obstacle race with him for the little league. I've always enjoyed running and never had a problem (even belonged to a running club for awhile). When I ran with him I experienced...
    averageguy62 averageguy62 61-65, M 1 Response Aug 12, 2013

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    Nothing Special...just Surgery

    I was 15 when I had my surgery. It was to repair an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). My parents divorced when I was 7 and I guess I did not really start to be angry about it until I was 13/14. I was mad at my parents and I hated my school. So, I started to pretend like I was...
    likeliness likeliness 41-45, F Oct 31, 2012

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    I Had Open Heart Surgery

    Hi, Im 24 years and just recently had my 3rd open heart. I was what they call the "blue baby", when i was 8 days old i had my first open heart. I had trasnposition of the great arteries, i also have two holes in my heart and vsd. My 2nd open heart was when i was 6 because my...
    kitkat0688 kitkat0688 22-25 2 Responses Feb 7, 2013

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    My mom will undergo open heart surgery,

    1week ago when we confine her at the Manipal Hospital, thanks to PlacidWay who help us find this great heart hospital. My family are praying for her success surgery.
    gretchenhill gretchenhill 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Widow Maker

    I started to have problems with shortness of breath, chest pain, arm and neck pain and breaking out in a cold sweat and shaking when I was 38 years old. my father had stints put in on several occassions and I suppose to be honest I feared the day I may have to do the same. I put...
    everydayjoe everydayjoe 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 24, 2012

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    Asd Repair

    Hello friends -- just want to kick off my membership in this group by saying that I too am a heart surgery survivor. I was born with an Atrial Septal Defect [ASD] -- basically a hole between my two atria. It explained a lot of things for me; especially why I had no desire to play...
    annexthecelt annexthecelt 18-21, F 3 Responses May 4, 2011

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    My Wife Called Me A Big Baby

    After 13 stents my Doctor told me I could not just keep eating nitro pills like M&Ms and expect to stay alive. My first few times of having stents put in was not bad. You lay on the little table as the Dr.says something like "big stick comming now".It was not too bad and  when...
    marriedup marriedup 56-60, M Mar 30, 2013

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    Experiencing OHS As A Teen

    After years of waiting for the right day to be announced for my surgery, the cardiologists said stated October of 2011 would be the time frame for my life changing event. Unfortunately, due to some difficulties, that didn't quite happen. Who knew an allergy could arise from an...
    BounceAround BounceAround 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 20, 2013

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    I was only 2 months older the time of my

    operation. I'm looking for someone who had the surgery around 1990.
    Lizsiri Lizsiri 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I Have Had Open Heart Surgery

    3 months after my first son was born I had open heart surgery. It was something I was not prepared for and never expected. Before I had my surgery I'd see other people with their scar and think "holy **** that's scary, I couldn't imagine having to get that done". One night I...
    gidget696 gidget696 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2013

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    I've had this too 3 times one

    when I was a day old the 2nd when I was 4 and the last when I was 6 and I almost died I actually did die on the table and was in a coma for a year and had to relearn everything over again my condition is pulmonary atresia and I have to get a heart transplacement next and I don't...
    Sharkbite31 Sharkbite31 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    :i Had Open Heart Surgery :

    AH years ago when not much was known compared to now i had heart surgery i was 5 years old i still have the scar today it did not really alter my life that much i played football tackle, baseball basketball the only thing was iwould get tired fast the doctors told me to rest...
    mycuzinvinni mycuzinvinni 46-50, M 3 Responses Apr 29, 2012

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    I was having a lot of chest pain,

    and growing up with Marfan's syndrome I was told that a little chest pain here and there was normal but yearly they kept an eye on my heart since I was 2 by doing EKGs and Echocardiograms. When I was a teenage my heart doctor actually told us my heart was doing better, little...
    healingheart13 healingheart13 22-25, F Mar 6

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    Aortic Valve Replacement

    My story starts in April 2012, when I found out I needed surgery to fix my valve. I have known I had a valve problem since I was 9 months old. I'll keep this short, I had my surgery on the 18th of December 2012, I was told the surgery went well. I was supposed to be home on...
    EmeraldStorm EmeraldStorm 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    My 3rd Surgery

    I never realize that many people had heart surgeries at their young ages. I am going to have my 3rd heart surgery in less than 2 weeks, I am not worried or scared of death, it seems like i am well prepared, trying to do everything, write down everything that if i die in the...
    michellie1214 michellie1214 18-21 1 Response Dec 29, 2012

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    Straight From My Heart-An Epic Tale Of 4 Open Heart Surgeries!

    It’s not often in one’s life that we experience something so extraordinary that it becomes unprecedented. Maybe even world-class . . . certainly . . . once-in-a-lifetime. We all have once-in-a-lifetime experiences—right? Our birth and death for starters. But even though...
    Scrabbleguy Scrabbleguy 56-60 1 Response Mar 29, 2013

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    Nurses Curse

    Hi In May of this year (2009) I had emergent cabg.  three jumps. I am a Registered Nurse who has worked in Open heart units and in Surgical and Mecical ICU for about 18 years. I swear because I knew what was going on it went a whole lot worse than it should have. ...
    Deanswork Deanswork 51-55, M Nov 14, 2009

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    My name is Fatima Sharif.

    I am an open-heart surgery survivor. I was born with a heart defect and had corrective surgeries at 6 and 7. To be honest, my parents thought all was fixed and so I never went to a cardiologist again. Then one day at work as a Financial Advisor my heart started racing. I felt...
    FatimaSharif FatimaSharif 41-45, F Aug 19

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    I've Had Two Open Heart Surgeries...

    I was born with aortic inefficiency.  I had my first surgery at the age of 17.  The Ross procedure where my pulmonary valve was put where my aortic was and a pig valve in the other.  After the surgery a small aneurysm was spotted and checked yearly until I was 29 when the...
    jeremichi jeremichi 31-35 Feb 14, 2011

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    Heart Bypasss Surgery The Second Time - Not Funny

    I was awakened very earlly one November morning in 2008 with severe chest pains.  I mmediately knew that I was having a heart attack and my wife called the ambulance.  I suspected that my bypasss grafts had blocked again but I didn't want to think about the...
    kenrh kenrh 66-70 2 Responses Nov 12, 2010

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    Scared

    i had a mild heart attack a few days ago, ended up in the hospital and now theyve kept me until my surgery scheduled for 11/29/11, and I am scared. Although the fear comes and goes, deep down I am afraid of the what could happen if things do not go right.  I am afraid of the...
    chezy60 chezy60 51-55 4 Responses Nov 27, 2011

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    Ive had 2 Open Heart Surgeries (congenital)

    (scimitar syndrome) i was lucky enough to be married to a very strong loyal husband that put up with my moods and his mother flew over both times from sao paulo to help before the surgeries to help during recovery, its making me think of a change in careers... my next mri is...
    wherethewildthingswere wherethewildthingswere 26-30, F Aug 9

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    Had Open Heart Surgery 8 Days Ago

    Hello just wanted to share my experience with open heart surgery I was born with VSD other wise a hole in the heart live with it for 47 years until 8 days ago they closed it I didn't want to have because I felt okay but when they got in there it was a different story the hole was...
    william47 william47 46-50, M 16 Responses Oct 7, 2009

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    I had my surgery done in January of 2014.

    I had a quadruple by-pass and an aortic valve replacement at 56. No stitches which makes it nice. Have been in and out of the hospital since surgery with chest pain but was told everything will get better as time passes. For the last week and a half I have been having chest and...
    spr52 spr52 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I had a thrombectomy in the ascending aorta of

    the heart. Had my surgery on January 6th. Still recovering and trying to get back to normal life. Would love to talk to someone going thru the same thing
    Narkaa Narkaa 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    Need Some Info

    I had open heart surgery in 1972 when I was 4 y/o. It was a congenital mitral valve repair (a hole in the valve) and was patched with a graft. Today at 42, almost 40 years later I can tell you that my life has been quite normal and honestly as much as I abused my body with...
    Rainieflagg Rainieflagg 41 1 Response Aug 4, 2010

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    :)

    I was at the mall today and seen my cardiologist!
    Poohbear117 Poohbear117 13-15, F Aug 24, 2013

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    Moving On From A Real Nightmare...and staying positive!

    My journey actually starts back in 2003 when I was first told I had an Aortic Root Aneurysm. Don't worry, I'm going to jump quickly to the present time and not drag you through every little problem that came up since 2003. Oh, and for those that don't know, and in layman's terms...
    idmt1234 idmt1234 41-45 1 Response Jan 22, 2013

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    Actually, I'm scheduled

    for open heart surgery on March 27th. I have a congenital defect: apical hypertrophic cardiopathy, which has caused AF and aflutter to the point where I can't enjoy the activities I enjoy -- hiking, skiing, snowboarding. So they are going to perform a Cox IV Maze procedure...
    nwWarbler nwWarbler 61-65, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    I'm Having My Second Open Heart Surgery

    My first OHS was at an age of 2 and a half and now i'm 21 yrs old  and in a moths time ill be having my second OHS. But it feels like the first because at 2 and a half its not like you know what's going on, but now i'm concious about what's going on. And i'd like to know if...
    saraheid saraheid 18-21 2 Responses Oct 27, 2010

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    Jadewaves Jadewaves 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 27

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    Related Experiences

    Not me, But all my dad and his brothers have had them. My uncle had his second one last night. I had gone out to the bar because i have no uni lectures today and when i came home...
    evan151 evan151 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 20

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    Sometimes I feel ridiculous because of the among of attention I give to love. I've had my heart broken and I've never been the same since then. I hate that about me.
    VisionsofJohanna17 VisionsofJohanna17 18-21, F Dec 2

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    Have had my heart broken a million times by the same guy,he destroyed me!He was always promising that he would never hurt me again,he once said "i would rather die than hurt you...
    Tessa3 Tessa3 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    Had surgery 11days ago, 3 anchors to pull 2 tendons back. Torn bicep, bore spurs and some cleaning up. Had a nerve block which helped with the pain after surgery was done. Started...
    romey12 romey12 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 23

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    I was electrocuted 21/2 years ago, fell and broke my spine in 3 places. I had to have a spinal fusion from t-9 to t-11 with a titanium cage. The cage shifted and the edge is...
    kidkilowatt kidkilowatt 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 1

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    I said I wouldn't let it happen...but I did...I opened my heart up to you...I gave you all of me....endless hours...only to find out I don't mean that much to you! I am crushed...
    redlissa redlissa 36-40, F Nov 30

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    I am 7 1/2 weeks Post surgery and produce tears at physical manipulation by my therapist. Don't want to dread therapy twice a week. Is this normal or is my therapist pushing...
    babsie777 babsie777 56-60, F 1 Response