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THeil, September 28,  2019  1:04pm EST

Life After Surgery

I had a Mitral Valve replacement done last October of 2018. I am doing excellent and can do projects around the house and of course I work full time.

What I am not sure of is what limits should there be on work load to my heart with a mecahnical Mitral Valve? I wanted to help a friend cut a cord of wood, my part to carry the wood to the trailer and load them in using a wheel barrow but we would be in the mountains and the exertion of the carry and loading would be greater than I have done in the past around the house. Iam a little nervous and wasn't sure if I should participate or not.

I recently carried heavy rock to build a small rock wall. I was very tired and my wife said I looked like I was exerting pretty hard. Later that evening, about 3 hours later, I experience an A-Fib attack but my medication that I took when that happened help put me back in rythym.

So what are the general limitations after a Mitral Valve Replacement? How hard can one work? Can life go back to where it was before surgery? 


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  • 1959LADY
    1959LADY, September 28,  2019  3:57pm EST

    My husband has been in AFib for 39 years. Went into it at 24 years old. At the age of 40 his mitral valve tore.  Surgeons were able to repair it with a plastic ring and his own tissue.  He did not have to get a mechanical valve.  He has not had to change any of his activities or the amount of physical exertion he does. He’s 63 now and was just cutting down trees and hauling the wood last weekend.  He seems to be fine.  I’d double check with your cardiologist but he’s never changed anything regarding his physical activities.  Good luck. 

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, October 10,  2019  5:02pm EST

    So many miracles are happening in valve replacement land. But each person is different. To give you safe advice, I'd get on the patient portal and ask the cardiologist what the liimits are on activity for you. Each person's data is different. Write to the cardio if you don't have any appointments coming up. I have written several times on activity limitations and was given some parameters the same day. I wear a fit bit, have an Omron BP monitor that checks for irregular heartbeats. My experience is they know how to get you back into gear based on your own personal situation.If I ever learned anything in cardiac land, it's that there is no one answer for individual issues. This blog will usually give you ideas. Or hope that someone else has done well with the same issues. But, for cardiac, it's important to get it from the doctor who is taking care of your case. That communcation with you as the patient is critical as you walk through this unbelievably common situation of cardiac issues. 

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