LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One Lafayette father and grandfather credits his family for helping him get through heart surgery.
It was a dream that tipped Mark Krueger off that something was not right.
"I just felt like I was having trouble with my heart in my dream," Krueger said. "I don't remember a lot of the details into it. But it woke me up."
The next day Krueger was at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette for tests. It was determined he had a bicuspid valve. He was in surgery a few days later.
"If you do not know what that is, the heart valve normally has three flaps that open and close," Krueger said. "Mine only had two."
"The surgery is to perform replacement of the aorta, the main artery way from the heart, including the aortic valve," Krueger's doctor, Kenneth Stone, said.
Dr. Stone performed Krueger's surgery in February. He said patients usually have about a week-long hospital stay after the surgery. Several factors determine a speedy recovery.
"Whether the patient has other health issues they bring to the table, in addition to their heart problem, their age, and individual patient motivation [all play a role in recovery]," Stone said.
Stone said Krueger had that motivation.
"You've got to have an attitude that everything is going to be OK," Krueger said. "You have to be confident in yourself getting through it. You need to be confident in the people taking care of you."
Kruger said that confidence came from research he did on the surgery before hand, and from his family.
"I got a lot of phone calls," Krueger said. "They said, 'Hey Grandpa, how are you doing?' You try to tell them and get them not to worry about that stuff. But family makes that kind of stuff happen. I can't imagine having to lay in that room alone."
Krueger said he talked his kids and grandchildren this Father's Day, and took a ride on his motorcycle.
Dr. Stone said people with family history of bicuspid valves should pay attention to signs like loss of energy and shortness of breath.
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