May 9
mossrock
mossrock , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

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!
9 Comments
  • BevPohlit
    BevPohlit,
    Wow, what a story! I'm happy you're ok! I'm a 11 month survivor of a heart attack. It can happen to anyone!
  • KITTY23
    KITTY23,
    I HAD FOUR HEART ATTACKS IN A YEAR. THEY PUT A PACE MAKER IN AND NOW I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS. HAPPY TO HEAR YOU ARE DOING BETTER. TAKE CARE OF YOUR DAUGHTER AND HUG HER EVERY DAY AND THANK GOD HE GAVE YOU A NEW LEASE ON LIFE SO YOU WILL BE THERE FOR HER. ONE NEVER KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT. TAKE CARE.
  • Revkeener
    Revkeener,
    Bless you, your doctor and your family. For what it's worth, Im praying for us all.
  • mossrock
    mossrock,
    Hi there! Nice to hear from you guys/gals! Thank goodness for all this great technology! Blessings to all!
  • Paige
    Paige,
    I agree you were way to young for that to happen. Thankfully it was caught and you are on the mind. I am 67 and had to have that procedure done 6 months ago. I did not have much in the way of warning signals until i woke up early one morning very weak. At the hospital I learned what I needed to have done right then and there.
  • FitOldDog
    FitOldDog,
    Oh boy! What a story. My issue came out of the blue, too, but it was just a big aortic aneurysm. Fixed in Cleveland. You sound impressively positive, given this nightmare. Wishing you all the best. I'll check out your music, but I'm no music buff. Kind regards, Kevin aka FitOldDog
  • dcuttray
    dcuttray,
    Hi Matt, I'm going to say that this may be a intervention and exactly the strength I need from you and the entire community. I am 60 years old and have been the caretaker of my family for my entire life. A hard life. I thought my life was about to be grand in 2009 but I was wrong. I had a partner who came out of remission June of 2009. I brought him home in hospice and we took care of him until he lost that battle October 31 2009 my oldest daughters birthday. I got through that and decided to get a house that I could enjoy and live my life in on February 10, 2010. On the 28th of February I got a call at 1120pm a young man was whispering and he said to get to the hospital, I got there and my baby girl who was 26 was a Jane doe in a accident and being medivac to Charleston. I kissed her and told her to hold on keep praying and so would i and that no matter what I loved her with all my heart. By the time I got to Charleston she had passed. No one should ever feel that pain. On the way back home my oldest daughter was so uncomfortable due having a boil lanced that week that we had to rush her to the emergency room. She was admitted and on March 16, she stopped breathing and they brought her back but she is now suffering from anoxic brain damage and I take care of her totally. I had a pain in my leg for a long time and I went to the emergency and the doctor said that I had had several heart attacks and I needed a stress test. I took it and it was ok. My Dad stayed in SC with me because they were afraid I wasn't grieving and I didn't need to e alone, but one day he passed out and after a few days in the hospital and a normal stress test he came home. 2 weeks later he had a massive heart attack and didn't make it. More happened in the following months but now I have been diagnosed with heart disease. I had an abnormal stress test, they put me on meds and then they decided i needed a heart cath and did that but now they say I the major arteries are over 80 percent diseased and the smaller one are 35 to 70. The surgeon may be able to bypass one artery to make me comfortable but they are beyond repair. I don't have a clue on what it all means and I am too scared to really ask questions because I cant die now, I have 2 grandchildren to raise that are my deceased daughter and a totally bedridden daughter that deserves to live the rest of her live span as happy in her state as I can provide.. AND NOW THERE IS YOU , someone who understands and listen to how I feel.. Thanks so much.... tomorrow i drive to Charleston to MUSC for a lot of test. They informed me that I will be there for at least 8 hours and to rest tonight. Boy that's scary for me because I need to calm down and ask questions and get it together. BUT HOW MY FRIENDS HOW DO I DO THAT... thanks scary Diane
  • Lesecat
    Lesecat,
    Hi Matt, Thanks for sharing. I, too, am 44 years old and scheduled for surgery next month to fix a leaky valve and repair an aortic aneurysm. It's always good to hear of others who have gone through what you are going through. Allyson
  • AHA Ambassador Mark
    AHA Ambassador Mark,
    Matt, Your story is a good reminder to us all to listen to our bodies and immediately get checked out by a knowledgeable physician when we know "things aren't right". You are indeed fortunate in many ways because most heart problems are quite treatable when caught early and treated properly. My best to you as you "rock on" in your new heart-healthy life. MarkR
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