The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned Since My Heart Surgery SOONER DETECTED, EASIER CORRECTED
I was tired. In fact, I had been tired for years. After being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — an irregular heartbeat — two years ago, I finally had an explanation for my fatigue and why I would feel winded after climbing the stairs. Actually, I’d feel winded after doing anything remotely physical. But it all came to a head this past fall when I was simply tired of being tired. This was one of the first real threats I’ve had to my health in the past 65 years, and I decided I wanted to do something more than just take medication to control it. I didn’t want to accept the fact that I couldn’t be as energetic as I was before simply because of my age and a fluttering heart. I’m not going to say that I expect to have the same energy and body at 65 as I did at 25, but why can’t I be the best version of 65 as I can be? Whether it’s your heart or your back, you don’t have to accept pain and decreased energy as the norm. I went to see a different doctor than the one who was prescribing my medication, and he gave me hope. He told me I could have surgery to correct the heartbeat, and when I heard the surgeon say he was 98% certain that I would be a different man afterward, I said, “When can we get this done?” I wasn’t too nervous to have the ablation surgery. I was confident in my surgical team, and I knew the result would be better than the life I was living then. After my surgery, I had to spend the night in the hospital, and I was released the next day. I had my first test when I got home. I trudged my way up the steps that day, and once I reached the top landing, I had a realization.
I wasn’t winded. I wasn’t tired. I actually felt good — the day after heart surgery. Since the surgery, I’ve proven my surgeon right. People who haven’t seen me in a while comment that I look healthier, and their observations aren’t just kind compliments. There’s more color in my
cheeks, and I feel more vibrant. I feel better. I’m no longer winded going up the stairs, and I have more energy than ever before! I cannot believe I waited three years to have this done!
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in all this is the truth in the phrase, “Sooner detected, better corrected.” I’ll often hear new patients come in and say, “Oh, don’t get old, Dr. Sandoz.”Why wouldn’t I want to get old? I love my kids and my grandchildren. I want to see them grow up and be there for the big moments. Of course, what they mean is that aging takes a toll on the body. But it doesn’t have to be debilitating. We can find relief for your daily headaches. Your back doesn’t have to ache every morning. You don’t have to avoid the tennis court because of your neck and shoulder pain. I don’t want you to settle for a life that is anything less than full. Remember, your health is your true wealth, and if you learn anything from my heart surgery and this cover article, I hope it’s that you deserve to feel good. This Valentine’s Day, I want to encourage you to love yourself and love your health. Protect your health, and live the best life you can at any age. It’s not just for yourself. Do it for your grandchildren so when they ask you to play on the floor with them, you won’t groan in pain. Do it for your spouse, who you can take on a romantic date and not worry about pain or fatigue. You deserve a healthy, whole life, and I’d love to help you get there. Trust me. It’s worth it.
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