Welcome to my day to day journal of having open heart surgery.

When I started this blog I was not sure if I would need surgery but after many tests and doctors visits I had valve replacement surgery on June 23, 2010. I was born with a congenital heart defect, a bicuspid aortic valve. My blog reads backwards (like all blogs)....not like a story in chronological order...so go all the way to the beginning (here) to read about my history and how this all got started.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

One more little Issue.....

The pre-op bloodwork shows I am Anemic......you know a month or so ago if you had told me this I would have been concerned and thought that is a problem but getting that news today really seems minor compared to my real problems.   But I guess I should be concerned because I am very anemic.  I am only an 8 and I should be a 12.   I had an appt with my primary care today and she is concerned.  Started me on Iron pills and wants me to be a 10 before I have surgery to limit my risk of having to have a blood transfusion.  Great.

Read a little more about Anemia

1 comment:

David Beckham said...

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Each year, cardiac complications and diseased occur within 30 days after major non cardiac surgery in more than 10 million people worldwide.

Today, however, the tether is fraying. How can we use technology to bring Cardiologist database in USA closer to patients rather than making them more remote?

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• Take responsibility for your health. ...
• Know your risks. ...
• Don't smoke or expose yourself to second-hand smoke. ...
• Maintain a healthy blood pressure. ...
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• Limit your calories. ...
• Make exercise a daily habit. ...
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