I was diagnosed with aortic stenosis with a bicuspid valve in 2008, at the age of 61, after my doctor noticed a heart murmur. Apparently, I was born with a bicuspid valve, but had no noticeable problems until the murmur was identified. I was referred to a cardiologist. Since then, I have had a TEE, had regular echocardiograms, and been followed by the cardiologist. My stenosis has progressed rapidly, going from from moderate to moderate-severe and then, last year (in 2012), I reached the severe stage and was referred for surgery to replace the valve. My valve is .62 cm (sq.), DVI=.21, mean gradient of 45 mm Hg, peak velocity=4.3 m/s, and trace AR.
I had an angiogram and my arteries are fine. So, all that is needed is a new valve.
While I always thought of myself as healthy, and this whole experience has been somewhat of a shock, in hindsight, I wonder if I did have symtoms that I attributed to "lack of stamina" when I was young! While I never had the stamina for heavy duty exercise, like jogging, I lead an active life. I swim, walk, garden, and play with my grandkids. Fortunately, my symptoms are mild and/or infrequent ( dizzy spells, palpitations, some shortness of breath,etc.)
After being diagnosed, I searched the internet for information and discovered Adam's book and this website. It has been invaluable in helping me understand my disease and in preparing me for my upcoming surgery, scheduled for Aug 8th., 2013.
I had my surgery on August 8th. and just posted an 8 month update. I am doing well--just a bit of soreness still around the incision--but am back to my normal busy life!.
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