Preparing For Heart Surgery
Hello, I am a 53 year old male who has exercised in some form another since high school. I'm currently preparing to have my first heart surgery in August 2011. I have a Severe Mitral Valve Leak and a couple or three 70% clogged arteries. I was made aware of the SMVL about 12 years ago by different doctors in San Francisco but chose not to have an operation. Primarily because I had not experienced any of the classical systems of fatigue, low energy etc.. However over the past year or so I have been experiencing severe fatigue, low energy, etc. especially when I take some steep incline hills or walk a long distance especially carrying a little weight. From everyone I've talked to and listen to on the internet and read including my doctors, This should be a routine operation and I will feel much better and have much more energy to get back to my weights, running, walking hills, etc. I'm still kinda of skeptical about this new found wealth of health. Thankfully as yet I have not had a heart attack or no known symptoms of one. That's probably why it's taken me so long to just "MAN UP" and volunteer for heart surgery. As honestly as possibly please help me understand what to really prepare for over the next year or so (i.e. pain, scarring, psychology, etc.) Thanks and GOD BLESS US ALL with a tremendous amount luck on this continued journey.