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Hi Kenkeith,

I have been diagnosed with MVP since the age of 7. Until the last few years it has not caused any problems in my life (now 40). About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. At first the doctor felt it was unrelated to the MVP. Now, after further testing, he believes it is related. My case was a little unusual in that when I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy there had been no enlarging of the heart. The doctor put me on Cozaar. After some time had passed we learned that my heart was getting weaker so the doctor recommended surgery. I went to Tuscon for a 2nd opinion where I was told that the MVP did not "sound" severe enough to warrant surgery. That doctor put me on Coreg. 2 months later another echo revealed that the heart had started enlarging (left ventricle). My doctor feels this is the prime time to do the surgery as he fears waiting to long could be detrimental for me. The hope is that they can repair rather than replace the valve (due to my age) and that the cardiomyopathy will stablilize or possibly get better. They have scheduled the surgery for August. I just felt a little unsure because of the difference of opinion between my regular cardiologist and the one in Tuscon. I mailed CD's of my angiogram and latest TEE to Tuscon to get confirmation on his view. I hope to hear from him soon.
I have not met anyone else who has had open heart surgery. I thought I might feel more comfortable if I had recieved information from someone who had actually been through it. How was it for you? How was the recovery? How long ago did you have it done? How long did it take for you to be able to perform regular activities of daily living (showering, housework etc)? Are you currently taking coumadin? I am so frightened of the surgery itself, and apprehensive about what the recovery will be like. I wonder if if will even work, I pray that it will. I would love to feel better.