Open Heart Surgery At Age 44!My name is Matt Moss. I'm a 44 year old songwriter/musician residing in Los Angeles. I've always been healthy, no major health problems ever! In October of 2015, I went to the dentist to get a deep cleaning. Everything went fine, I've never had issues going to the dentist. About a month later, I notice a big golf ball sized lump on my right arm, next to the elbow. This bump just suddenly appeared, I thought it would go away on it's own. It didn't. My feet started to swell to the point where putting on shoes was difficult. My back started hurting constantly too. I went to a local L.A. clinic and was told I have anemia. My white blood cell count was really high. They asked if cancer ran in the family, I said, no, but heart issues do. I go to get the bump on my arm looked at and they said I had an aneurysm there! Luckily, I didn't touch or bump it! Long story short, because of this, I had a high heart rate...averaged about 125-130. I didn't think anything of it, but luckily, a doctor at LAC/USC recommended I get checked out further. They find that I had tachycardia and a heart murmur. They admit me on December 29, 2015. A few days later, after numerous blood tests, xrays, etc. they tell me I need a valve replacement! I was stunned. I'm 44 years old, how could this be? They can't prove it 100%, but more than likely, I got an infection from the dentist that eventually destroyed my Mitral valve. I was constantly being asked if I had any kind of procedure done in past few months, and the dentist was the ONLY place I had anything done.I was on anibiotics for almost a month to get rid of it. At one point it, spread to my kidneys and spleen, but everything got better. They then ask if I want an organic valve or mechanical. I was told the organic would probably have to be changed in 10-15 years. I thought, there's no way I'm going to go through this again! I chose the mechanical valve. So, on January 6, 2016, I had the lump on my arm removed. On January 12th, 2016, I had the open heart surgery. I have an 8 year old daughter that I have to live for...she was my inspiration to approach this with no fear at all. The surgery was supposed to last 6 1/2 hours, mine was done in 2 1/2. Many thanks to Surgeon Michael Bowdish and John Cleveland at LAC/USC in Los Angeles....they literally saved my life. I was told if I waited a few months for the surgery, I would've just collapsed one day. My mitral valve was so damaged from a bad infection, it had to be fixed. I'm on coumadin the rest of my life, as well as 81mg aspirin, lisinopril, and metroprolol.
I would hope all of us as we get older, pay attention to your body! Know the signs of heart issues! I was lucky to have survived this, but we caught it in time! You can listen to my music at: www.reverbnation.com/mattmoss I would love to perform at any AMA events locally here in L.A. and speak about my experience! Thanks to all!