... How long does it take to feel normal? I feel like a time bomb waiting to go off. I have a very hard time sleeping because I can hear the ticking and sometimes my heart beats so loud. I just lay there and wonder if it's beatin the way it should or not? Does everyone feel this way and does it go away with time? I guess I worry too much but it is so scary
I had a mechanical aortic valve put in July 2005. I felt like a walking time bomb leading up to the surgery. I also had a large aortic aneurysm removed at the same time. Yes, sometimes the ticking is distracting but I'm glad to hear it, as is my family. I noticed my heart seemed to beat more forcefully, almost like a pounding, when I would yawn or breathe deeply. But my doctors say that is normal and it sounds great when they listen. It's a big change to get used to but try to relax. If you have concerns see your doctor. Good luck!
I found that sleeping with a fan on has helped, I have also used the tick for the good by knowing with each beat I was given a future. So when it's ticking rough, and I not only hear but feel it, I use it like counting sheep! We have to make the best of it! Also cutting stress helps because it won't tick so rough!
You will get use to it, everything your asking i asked back in 1992 when i had my aortic valve replaced with a st jude valve been great never had a problem, Mine also does the same thing when taking a deep breath but like i said i have never had any problems just took a little time to get use to it. You will notice that you will only hear the ticking when your thinking about it, after a while you will find yourself trying to hear it for as time passes it will seem to get harder to hear. Other than that i still like lifting weights, running , etc... this has not changed anything in my life as far as what i can or cant do. I will tell you that i found fish oil pills can lower the dose of coumidan you have to take i take two fish oil pills every night before bed and then i take a krill oil pill every day at 10:00 am and my doctor cut way down on my coumidan dose so thats a good thing the less coumidan the better.
Let me know if you have any other ? and remember i have had mine for 20 years now and never had a problem went in the other day for an echo and the tech doing the test said if it was not on paper that i had a heart valve replacement he would of never noticed everything looked great.
You get used to the ticking. Use something for "white" noise to focus on when going to sleep. I like to hear it ticking because it is a reminder of when I couldn't talk and breathe at the same time; so I actually feel blessed when I hear it. I also find that it will be louder when I sleep on my left side so if it is bothering me I turn to the right.
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