This man held my heart in his hands, and fixed my mitral valve, which was leaking. I will be forever in his debt - as I will my then cardiologist, Sumeet Subharwal, MD. Due to their care and concern, I am healthy and able to live my life as I should. Sadly, Dr. Subherwal has moved to the West Coast, and Raleigh's loss is your gain.
I cannot fathom the depth of knowledge and bravery it takes to cut a person's chest open and remove their heart; place them on a heart/lung machine and know what to do to repair a leaky valve. I do know I could never do it, and I am eternally grateful to those who do.
Thanks to you both; Dr. Boulton and Dr. Subherwal for your expertise. It was a long, difficult year. It took five months for me to feel "normal" again, and for the soreness to abate. But the opportunity to breathe freely, without gasping is worth it. I completed the cardiac rehab classes offered by my hospital (Wake Medical Center) and I credit them with helping me get back to my normal - and on to getting better than that. I am continuing my exercise there and am grateful for that opportunity and for the help of the nurses and physical therapists on staff.
If you are a candidate for heart surgery, I urge you to proceed without fear, as the outcome is worth it.