Hi! I'm a nurse, an author of a fitness and recipe book (Heart Healthy For Life), a fitness trainer, and I've had my aortic valve replaced four times since 1991. I'm happy to answer any questions regarding surgery or recovery. 😊❤.
1971 - Born with a congenital bicuspid aortic valve.
1991 - Age 19: 1st OHS during college, AVR with a donor cadaver valve.
1994 - Age 22: Endocarditis and 8 weeks of 24 hour Hickman line IV antibiotic therapy followed by 2nd OHS, Ross Procedure replaced my previous donor aortic valve with my own pulmonary valve and I was given a donor pulmonary valve.
2005 - Age 33: After both my parents and my brother and sister died between 2001-2005 I discovered I had developed an aortic aneurysm from the stress on my heart (it happens 😐) of 6cm that sent me into an emergency 3rd OHS to have the ascending aorta through the arch replaced with a dacron graft (Bentall procedure) and another aortic valve replacement (bovine tissue).
2015 - Age 44: Stenosis of the bovine tissue valve (as expected after 10 years) and this time I qualified for TAVR (yay!) due to the previous 3 open heart surgeries. A new bovine tissue valve was placed inside the old one. Doing great!! ❤️
Happy Heart ❤
More Info About Me & My Heart
More About Me
I am from:
Huntington Beach, Ca
I was diagnosed with:
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
My surgery was:
Aortic Valve Replacement
Aortic Aneurysm Replacement
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
My surgeon is:
Dr. Alfredo Trento and Dr Raj Makkar