Hi Foggy100, I just joined the site today and read your post. What a shocker, and it must seem out of the blue. I have had two open heart surgeries. The first was in 1997, to repair my mitral valve, and then this past January to replace the valve. It is so frightening to learn you need ohs. You seem to have a lot going for you though, being in good shape physically, and this will help you so much! Through the surgery itself and the recovery. I am not nearly the athlete you are, and I was dubbed a "rockstar" by my surgical and recovery team for getting better quickly. It feels so overwhelming and scary, but usually, it goes very well in the end. Ask all your questions and voice your concerns to your doctors, that helps you feel in control, somewhat. Hugs to you!
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