Anne's Heart Valve Journal

Joined December 23, 2015

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My Story

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    I am from: Richmond, Virginia
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    My surgery date is: June 22, 2017
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    I was diagnosed with: Aortic Stenosis
    Bicuspid Aortic Valve
    Aortic Aneurysm
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    My surgery was: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
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    My surgeon is: Dr. Chiwon Hahn
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    My hospital is: Henrico Doctors' Hospital

In my own words:

My aortic stenosis has been severe (aortic valve area about 0.7) for the past few years. I have been asymptomatic for many years (except for lightheadedness on long runs, so I had to give up running). This spring, I started having shortness of breath and felt my heart pounding with light non-aerobic exercise. (I was still fine if I don't exercise at all, but I didn't want to turn into a couch potato.) I also have an autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis for which I take 6 immunosupressant pills a day and a platelet disorder. Because of those two disorders, my surgeon felt a TAVR would be the best choice for me. I had on June 22nd. I feel grateful for all the medical advances that have occurred in the ~15 years since I was first diagnosed! And grateful for how quickly I'm recovering and how well I feel.
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