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I agree. But since the cardiologist is now going to do the echo and the angiogram, she must be suspecting--or seeing--signs of leakage, which I think would be tricuspid regurgitation. I'm aware that a pacemaker lead can become affixed to the valves, and am guessing that is what she is looking for. If that is the case, I want to know if the lead has to be removed, which I know can be dangerous, or if the lead can stay in place and the improperly working valve be repaired with a clip, which I understand can be inserted through the vein...
That would mean open heart surgery; I was hoping for a less invasive option. My father was very reluctant to have the pacemaker implanted, leery of anesthesia and recovery, and will be extremely resistant to open heart surgery. It scares me that his fear would make it less likely he would have a good outcome. Are you able to speculate as to how urgent such a surgery would be? I should note that his health prior to the implantation was very good, other than for some back pain due to arthritis, and the tachycardia which caused the need for the pacemaker.
Thanks--I hope that my dad will allow me to do so--he doesn't like sharing personal information, nor is he likely to ask if non-heart related problems are at fault. It is frustrating to have to go behind his back, but it sounds as if I may have to do that. Thank you for your time and response; it has been helpful!