Joseph posted a note for Robert that says:
I just saw your question posted and I am probably late. Either way, there has been much study on how vitamin K (the right doses) can prevent and even reverse calcification. I hope this helps. What ended up happening?
Sorry, forgot to sign entry...last one was done by Linda Dixon. Perhaps you need to consult with a cardiothoracic surgeon who is participating in the transcatheter trials and get his opinion. The surgeons who actually do the approach would be better able to give you an opinion than the cardiologist...in my opinion. It's like a mechanic can better tell you if you can fix your car than the salesman can. Just a thought. Good luck
Robert, I cannot answer your question, but I will say this. My aortic valve is critically calcified, the valve is so narrowed that when I had my last heart catherization in November, the cardiologist was not able to cross the valve with the catheter after several attempts with different catheters. He was afraid to be too aggressive for fear of dislodging some of the calcification. I tell you this to say that I consulted with 3 different world class surgeons and they all agreed that I should be able to have my aortic valve replaced as well as repair my dilated aorta using a mini-sternotomy and felt I will do fine. I am going to Cleveland Clinic for surgery on March 13th. Perhaps you should get another opinion from another surgeon. My understanding of the transcatheter approach is for those who they expect would not survive the surgical approach due to other health issues. I havent really heard of anyone whose valve was too calcified to have it replaced. The world class centers are accustomed to doing riskier surguries frequently. It is very easy to get evaluated by some of these centers like Cleveland Clinic. You can use the "surgeon locator" function on this site to find the surgeons listed in the HVJ database for some suggestions. Good luck and please keep us posted.
I had my own heart Valve surgery last Sept at Cleveland Clinic. I did not do a journal. I thought about it, but was afraid I couldn't keep up with it. I get emails and keep track of some of the others. This has been a blessing to me.I am doing welI. I know one of the Gentlemen who goes to our church has the same situation as your father.
I also want to let you know that I receive a heart news letter and it had quite a bit of information from Cleveland Clinic on this subject. Hope this helps some.