Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Open heart surgery

What's wrong with my heart?
On Tuesday, March 18th, I went in for open heart surgery. My cardiac surgeon used angiogram technology in order to look at my heart from the inside.

From this angiogram, it was found that I had one blocked artery to my heart. Also, my heart's aortic valve was badly formed. This valve had a great deal of calcification and stenois, a disease that causes a narrowing of the aortic valve opening.

I would have my chest opened up in order to replace my aortic valve with a fabricated one of cow tissue. The blocked artery would be replaced as well.

29 comments:

  1. Thinking positive thoughts for you George!

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  2. Welcome to the wonderful world of zipper chests! I do hope your recovery is progressing without complications. I had mine done 11 years ago -- living proof there is life after death.

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  3. George -- I hope you have a quick recovery. I've got a couple of friends who are making great progress after similar surgery.

    Mike Goad (Haw Creek)

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  4. Good to hear from you George even if it was bad news. May your recovery be swift and complete!

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  5. Sending good thoughts you way.

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  6. I'm hoping you are well on the road to recovery, George! Please let us hear from you as soon as you are able. Wow, would you have a room full of flowers and cards if we knew where to send them! Will be thinking of you.

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  7. Blessings on your recovery. So fortunate Tioga glided you to a safe landing, even though it might not have felt like it at the time.

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  8. My thoughts are with George. Here's hoping all is OK after surgery. It was a good thing that you ran into that field and not something else. Please keep us posted regarding your recovery.

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  9. Do hope you are doing well. It is common to have depression for a bit after that surgery, so hang in there. Caring about you.

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  10. From my heart to yours . . . .warm wishes for a speedy recovery! Sue

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  11. I just heard about your accident and surgery. I hope that by now you are well on your way to full recovery. I agree with Jimbo..Please let us hear from you. Most of us have followed your musings for a long time and would love to do so in the future.

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  12. The fact you are posting this 14 days later should mean your on your way to a good recovery...... All the best George.........!

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  13. so good to hear from you, george. I live in Visalia, about an hour North of Bakersfield. Please let me know if I can do anything for you or Tioga.

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  14. Keeping you in my prayers for a speedy recovery. Take it slow and easy George!

    Lacy

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  15. My sister had open heart surgery two weeks after we came back from vacation in Maui, HI...she had a heart attack from block arteries. My other sister had quadruple by pass surgery. Now days heart surgery and technology is so advance you are new again after surgery. A speedy recovery to you George and take care.

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  16. Mt\y fellow blogger...speedy recovery prayers for you from me.. From Rolling Earthquake.

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  17. George, I had my aortic valve replaced in December 2008. The surgeon had difficulty in removing the vale due calcification; I am a diabetic. Best advice I can give you is to take it easy and have patience. It takes awhile for the incision to heal and for the chest pain to subside. When it is all over, you will not be able to believe how much better you will feel. Take care.

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  18. George, Now you can fly higher, and see more clearly, the things that really matter. All the best to you, Warren

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  19. I'm so glad you're doing ok. Thanks for posting! Prayers are with you.

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  20. My best wishes for a speedy recovery George. Thanks for letting everyone know.

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  21. Ya know George, it is impossible to keep a good man down. Looking forward to you getting back on the road.

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  22. So sorry to hear about your accident. Glad they found the heart problem and can try to fix it. Best of luck with the surgery and recovery. Hope all is well soon.

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  23. All the best George.
    Terry from Toronto

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  24. Thanks for staying in touch with your followers who love you and care for you. Best wishes for speedy recovery.

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  25. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  26. Just read Jimbos Journeys, a wonderful tribute to you and Ms. Tioga. Now I've had a chance to read your blog. The tears stream down my face for you George. You have had so many hardships to face. Please keep writing when you can, you know we worry about and pray for you.
    Best wishes, Linda

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