What causes anxiety and depression after heart surgery in some people? After undergoing open heart surgery and being outfitted with a mechanical heart valve, Dale began to feel symptoms of depression that were unexplainable. Soon after, a chance trip to a museum would be the catalyst for him to realize that he was not alone.
Dale: I'm Dale Griggs, Fresno, California. I started out with a very small heart murmur, discovered at age 21 that got progressively worse, and at age 48 I flunked the ultrasound miserably, and was told that I needed surgery immediately. I had a mitral valve replaced, I have a mechanical mitral valve. One day when I was already down, and my wife dragged me to the museum, but I just wasn't happy about talking with people, and all of a sudden a very loud voice I hear, what kind do you have. And I said, what kind of what do I have. He said heart valve, I said I have a St. Jude's valve, he said I have two of them, I was never so happy to meet somebody in my life. He told me that there was group that he belonged to, Mended Hearts, and that they were actually meeting tonight, so I'm sitting on the edge of my seat and somebody says, doctor causes anxiety and depression after heart surgery in some people? And that was the first I had ever heard of such a thing.
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