Earlier this year i was having “racing heart” or as i now know it was A-Fib, well in the diagnoses it was discovered i had Mitral Valve Prolapse, ans it was pretty bad……
So in August i went to Duke, to have Minimally invasive or Key hole heart surgery
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Also called: Barlow’s syndrome, Floppy valve syndrome, MVP
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) occurs when one of your heart’s valves doesn’t work properly. The flaps of the valve are “floppy” and don’t close tightly. Most people who have the condition are born with it. It also tends to run in families.
Most of the time, MVP doesn’t cause any problems. Rarely, blood can leak the wrong way through the floppy valve. This can cause
- Palpitations (feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too hard or too fast)
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue, dizziness, or anxiety
- Migraine headaches
- Chest discomfort
Most people who have mitral valve prolapse (MVP) don’t need treatment because they don’t have symptoms and complications. If you need treatment for MVP, medicines can help relieve symptoms or prevent complications. Very few people will need surgery to repair or replace the mitral valve.
MVP puts you at risk for infective endocarditis, a kind of heart infection. To prevent it, doctors used to prescribe antibiotics before dental work or certain surgeries. Now, only people at high risk of endocarditis need the antibiotics.
An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. The cause is a disorder in the heart’s electrical system.
Often, people who have AF may not even feel symptoms. But you may feel
- Palpitations — an abnormal rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness or difficulty exercising
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or fainting
Get a second opinion, from a cardiologist! Healthcare professionals often minimize the impact of afib on patients. According to recent research in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, “Compared with coronary artery disease and heart failure, afib is not typically seen by clinicians as a complex cardiac condition that adversely affects quality of life. Therefore, clinicians may minimize the significance of afib to the patient and may fail to provide the level of support and information needed for self-management of recurrent symptomatic afib.”/////////////////////////////////////////
Treatments for A-fib
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I had Mitral valve surgery – minimally invasive, with Ring annuloplasty, and Maze Procedure, Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.
Both a success i am glad to report. However i had 5 days of Tracheal intubation after surgery, that was HELL
here are several different ways to perform minimally invasive mitral valve surgery.
- Your heart surgeon may make a 2-inch to 3-inch-long cut in the right part of your chest near the sternum (breastbone). Muscles in the area will be divided. This lets the surgeon reach the heart. A small cut is made in the left side of your heart so the surgeon can repair or replace the mitral valve.
- In endoscopic surgery, your surgeon makes 1 to 4 small holes in your chest. Surgery is done through the cuts using a camera and special surgical tools. For robotically-assisted valve surgery, the surgeon makes 2 to 4 tiny cuts in your chest. The cuts are about 1/2 to 3/4 inches each. The surgeon uses a special computer to control robotic arms during the surgery. A 3D view of the heart and mitral valve are displayed on a computer in the operating room.
You will need a heart-lung machine for these types of surgery. You will be connected to this device through small cuts in the groin or on the chest.
If your surgeon can repair your mitral valve, you may have:
- Ring annuloplasty. The surgeon tightens the valve by sewing a ring of metal, cloth, or tissue around the valve.
- Valve repair. The surgeon trims, shapes, or rebuilds one or both of the flaps that open and close the valve.
You will need a new valve if there is too much damage to your mitral valve. This is called replacement surgery. Your surgeon may remove some or all of your mitral valve and sew a new one into place. There are two main types of new valves:
- Mechanical, made of man-made materials, such as titanium and carbon. These valves last the longest. You will need to take blood-thinning medicine, such as warfarin (Coumadin), for the rest of your life.
- Biological, made of human or animal tissue. These valves last 10 to 15 years or longer, but you will probably not need to take blood thinners for life.
The surgery may take 2 to 4 hours.
This surgery can sometimes be done through a groin artery, with no cuts on your chest. The doctor sends a catheter (flexible tube) with a balloon attached on the end. The balloon inflates to stretch the opening of the valve. This procedure is called percutaneous valvuloplasty and done for a blocked mitral valve
A new procedure involves placing a catheter though an artery in the groin and clipping the valve to prevent the valve from leaking. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000180.htm