Hi, eleven months ago I had open heart surgery to correct a large sinus venosus asd. I had no complications from the surgery and require no medication. I was very anxious for a while about six months after the surgery. It was like a delayed anxiety.Jumping ten minutes a day on a trampoline has helped my poor nerves immensely. I had lingering pain with my sternum and that has also recovered ( 95 percent better ) . I still get twinges on really cold days. I feel strong and optimistic. I hope this gives someone some hope if they are going to have open heart surgery. Hannah
Thank you for this Hannah! Many in this community have posted about their pre-surgery anxiety, and concern about the recovery timeline. Your story is a positive one, and we are happy to see it. And love to hear that you’re feeling strong and optimistic!
I do have a question — the anxiety you felt for about 6 months post-surgery, do you believe that was contributed to by the physical toll of the recovery stage, or was it a mental thing?
I recovered physically very well . I wasn’t offered cardiac rehab and I think this delayed my mental recovery. Mentally after the operation I was feeling mentally good but six months later ( post successfully surgery) fear hit me. I can only describe it as post traumatic stress. I don’t think covid has helped . I’m all good now and have worked through the fear and triggers. Thank you for asking
That makes so much sense Hannah. Recovery isn’t just all physical, especially after this type of surgery! I am glad to hear that you are doing better now, and I think this is an important element of managing ASD that should be discussed more!
All the best,