Heart Surgery

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2004
Heart Surgery
3
Fri, 10-22-2004 - 10:44am

I am so relieved to find this board! I am 62 and just survived a heart attack three weeks ago. It was the first sign of any heart problem. I am now in the early stages of deciding about open-heart surgery and am overloaded with anxiety and questions about the procedure and all that goes with it. As I am still in the recovery stage from the MI, I have not yet had any serious conversations with my surgeon about the proposed surgery, nor have I had a chance to gather info about choices of hospitals and other available surgeons. I am just trying to deal with the shock of being in this situation.

I am without anyone else in my life who is my age and has the same issue to deal with, and I am hoping to find someone who is similar to me who can help me with the fear and anxiety. I also need help with knowing what questions to ask of the surgeons and the hospitals so that I know how to choose the right doctor and facility to turn myself over to. I am a very pro-active person when it comes to my own heath care, and I am a strong believer in my need to be my own best advocate.

I will be back frequently to the board...and I hope my recent experience can benefit someone else who has the misfortune of going through this. My email is always open to anyone who wishes to contact me at cbadner@comcast.net.

Thanks so much for being here...I really needed to find a harbor this morning.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2003
In reply to: medora2004
Fri, 10-22-2004 - 12:10pm

Welcome to this fine board of folks.

Hugs,

Cecilia

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-22-2004
In reply to: medora2004
Fri, 10-22-2004 - 5:13pm

Cecilia, thank you....I am fortunate to live in the Phila, Pa., area and have access to at least 3 major hospitals that specialize in cardiac care. I also personally know two of the best cardiac specialists in the area. I am blessed to have so much high quality care available to me.

The suggestion about locating a cardiac rehab group and talking with its members about their experiences and how their concerns were addressed is a terrific one...thank you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2003
In reply to: medora2004
Tue, 10-26-2004 - 1:47pm

I am glad you are going to look into talking to the ones who know best what to expect.

Hugs,

Cecilia