I was diagnosed with possible constrictive pericarditis about a year ago, and recently the diagnosis has been confirmed by cath and followup echo. This probably was a result of heart valve surgery that I had two years ago. I am now trying to choose a heart center and surgeon for a surgery this summer. I've narrowed down the hospitals to Cleveland, Mayo, and Stanford. If you had your surgery at one of these three places, would you let me know where, and the name of the surgeon? Also, I'd appreciate it if you can tell me a little about the cause of the constrictive pericarditis and the outcome.
I am not so afraid of surgery (I've been through that before even though I'm 48). However, what I'm very much afraid of is continuing to feel bad after surgery. My understanding is that constrictive pericarditis due to an earlier surgery is not solved as readily by a pericardiectomy as viral or idiopathic constrictive pericarditis.