Just joined today as I've just gone thru quite a bit.
Had a simple knee procedure at the end of Oct 2011, I'm 38, female marathoner experiencing some knee pain, so wanted to get it fixed. 48 hours later I had a heart attack, went into cardiac arrest luckily in the presence of the LAFD, CPR shocked 8 times, into ER shocked 3 more times, moved to ICU once I was stable, then transferred to Kaiser Sunset ICU 24 hrs later.
As it turns out a clot moved from my leg, to my lung, to the heart, thru the PFO I didn't know I had, to the brain causing a stroke. Two weeks in ICU, various tests, on heparin, then warfarin to get my levels up before I could leave.
I'm on warfarin for 3 months, while the haematologist is running 10 different blood tests to find out if I have a blood disorder. Haematologist might keep me on for 6 months, to be discussed at the end of January.
No heart damage, but back at the end of January to discuss whether or not we close the PFO, there is also the chance it could be too small to close.
Seeing the neurologist at the end of this month. The thought of closure and no longer having migraines is a wonderful option, as I've been having them with Auras since I was 16.
Concerns? Yes, the thought of another surgery kinda worries me. Would like to know if anyone else is with Kaiser for one, if there is a doctor in Kaiser that someone can recommend. I know they have a whole team discussing me, and I have a heart surgeon friend at St. John's in Santa Monica who I can talk to as a second opinion, but still overwhelming.
Is this a surgery that should happen quickly, or can I take some time.
I'm back at work part time, but if I do this procedure, how long would I be off work, when can I fly etc.
If anyone has any advice/guidance, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you so much.