Lisa's Heart Valve Journal

Joined November 7, 2017

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My Story

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    I am from: Cincinnati
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    My surgery date is: January 22, 2018
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    I was diagnosed with: Aortic Stenosis
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    My surgery was: Aortic Valve Replacement
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    My surgeon is: Dr. Geoffrey Answini
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    My hospital is: The Christ Hospital

In my own words:

I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis in October. I see an endocrinologist for my thyroid and a couple years ago he heard a hear murmur. I didn't think much about it until this past July when he heard it again and strongly suggested I see my family doctor. Had an echocardiogram and was referred to a cardiologist for the diagnosis. It was quite a surprise since I didn't think I was experiencing symptoms. Finding this site and reading Adam's book have been extremely helpful. I had a heart cath and discovered I'm severely allergic to the contrast dye...yikes! I'm having a CT scan without contrast next week and hope to schedule surgery for mid to late January. Fingers crossed I can have minimally invasive surgery. Still not sure on tissue or mechanical valve, but since I'm in my early 50s the mechanical valve may be a better option.
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