I can not believe it has been 6 years today that I had my Aortic Valve Replacement!!
Not trying to gross anyone out by posting this video, I find it fascinating and feel blessed just to be alive today!
I was 80% dead when I was medflighted from Coalgate Hospital to http://www.okheart.com/ by OU Medical Center’s Pimped out Helicopter (pictured below), referred to as “The Pimp Copter’ by some.
Then I meet a well prepared life support medical team ready, if I should suddenly fade out, remember I was almost dead. My heart was beating slowly and fighting to hang on. I was so sick all I could do was look out the window and try to enjoy the ride while I was concentrating on breating in through my nose, then slowly exhaling from my mouth. I was choking on the massive amount of fluid that had built up in my body over the course of a few short months. Diagnosed with CHF or Congestive Heart Failure and my with my hearts Ejection Fraction, or EF being at 17%, I was in bad shape.
What’s Your Ejection Fraction (EF)?
Ejection fraction, or EF, is the proportion, fraction, or percentage of blood pumped out of your heart with each beat. A normal heart pumps out a little more than half the heart’s volume of blood with each beat — a normal EF is 55 percent or higher. An echocardiogram, which creates a moving picture of your heart using harmless soundwaves, or a nuclear medicine test that shows how well your heart is pumping can be used to measure your EF.
Understanding Ejection Fraction
During each heartbeat, the heart contracts and relaxes. When your heart contracts, it pushes blood out of the two pumping chambers (ventricles). When your heart relaxes, the ventricles refill with blood. The term “ejection fraction” refers to the percentage of blood that’s pumped out of a filled ventricle with each heartbeat. This percentage helps your healthcare provider determine if you have heart failure or other kinds of heart disease. For more information click –> What is Ejection Fraction
A Low EF
A low EF number is an early sign of heart failure. This is a condition where the heart doesn’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body. With treatment, many people live well with heart failure. So if you have a low EF, it is important that you recognize the signs of heart failure, which may include:
shortness of breath
swelling in the feet
A low EF can also cause irregular heartbeat, which can make your heart stop pumping suddenly. Depending on your EF score, your healthcare provider may prescribe medications. But there is a lot you can do to improve how well your heart pumps.
I had all of these symptoms, I was even in a wheelchair for several months beacuse I could not walk, my feet were so swollen it felt like my toes were going to explode from the pressure.
When I get to the Heart Hospital, I am immediately rushed to my pre-surgery room, talking to the nurse and admissions at the same time, completely scared and overwhelmed, and without family to cling on to, I let go and let GOD! What else could I do? I remember the night before my surgery, my daughter was in the room with me, when Dr. Randolph came in to talk to me. He sat on the side of the bed, setting bis hand on my knee, and asked me if I was ready for tomorrow? A simple gesture, that put a huge smile on my face and warmed my heart at the same time. I told him, “As ready I will be.”
I met the Doctor who would perform the necessary life-sustaining surgery, OMG! Handsome, Endearing, and with a bedside manor that really helped me stay calm during this dark and scary event in my life, Dr. John D Randolph M.D.
I feel great, heart-wise now. It is the other issues that jack me up, that however, is a story for another day!