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18 March 2005 @ 04:08 pm
"There is no medical therapy for aortic stenosis. When a patient’s heart problem is caused by a physical obstruction to blood flowing out of the heart, the only effective treatment is to relieve the physical obstruction. This means surgery. While various drugs used for heart failure (digitalis and diuretics for instance) can ameliorate symptoms for a short time, these drugs do not halt the progression of the disease, nor do they significantly delay the patient’s demise.

So with aortic stenosis, the question is not whether to do surgery, but when."

So. Guess what my Mom was just diagnosed with?

Kerryscreamingdolai on March 18th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
Scoutcretey on March 18th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
Jaredcrimsontom on March 18th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Aw hon...Sorry to hear this. And I was hoping the "black Cloud" that's been hitting us all one way or another was starting to dissipate.

Big hug.
Helensilawenyai on March 18th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Oh gods... She will be in my thoughts, as will you. That's scary. *hugs tightly*
Ratesjul: Warrior Bear Peter Panratesjul on March 18th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Rosemaryrosmarinus on March 18th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm wishing your mom the best of health, and both of you as much strength as you need to deal with this. Plus a free barrel full of cyber-hugs, to be used whenever you need them. (Free refills, too!)
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on March 18th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Eep. I'm sorry to hear that, but at least she now *knows* why she was having pains. I was worried her complaint earlier was not being taken seriously enough, which, unfortunatly is common with women.

On the brighter side, with minimally invasive surgical techniques, heart surgery recovery times are much shorter than they used to be. And it *is* something they can help her with.
Mairearanturas on March 18th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)

I know it's tough to see right now, but catching it now means surgery is an option. My Mom had something similar a number of years ago -- surgery was sort of a "non-invasive" thing -- and she's had no heart problems since.

::more hugs::
Anomollybluenessmmd on March 18th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry, Mari. Best wishes to your mom.
Sarah: Whisperkachi113 on March 18th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on March 18th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
::::::::Huuuuuuuugggggggsssssss::::: and mushy slurps from the puppy and Mare, but no mushy slurps from her.
Rhiacelticflamerhia on March 18th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'll be thinking of you.
Sunflower Inkwellwritingrat on March 18th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. *hugshard*
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on March 18th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hugs. Sending good thoughts out to you.