5 years ago, the company I work for offered it's employees a discount on our insurance premium if we would submit to a routine physical. My doctor said she heard a murmur, which lead down that familiar valve-patient path of testing, and tests to confirm tests, and then the gentle explanation that I had moderate aortic stenosis that we would want to watch carefully for the next years.
In preparation for the February stress-echo I was concerned about being able to complete the test -
I had gained some weight and my stamina was low. Winter was wrecking havoc with my walking schedule.
I was so driven to complete the treadmill and give them all the data they could possibly use. It never crossed my mind that I could go the distance and still return an "abnormal" result. (Abnormal in that my b/p stayed at a calm 124/xx while my heart raced at 170 bpm. They were also seeing dilation in the ascending aorta, and a valve that was getting more and more restricted.)
The consensus was that I should see Dr. Brown, the surgeon, as soon as possible.
I am still asymptomatic - although now that I know I'm having surgery I am psychosomatically alarmed
by every twinge.
I've read Adams' book cover to cover and I have lurked here regularly since joining but I was shy
about posting until now....I feel fortunate to live in an age where we can actually find and reach
out to each other. Watching the progress of others has been really helpful in managing my anxiety about the event.
Thank you, Mr Pick!
More Info About Me & My Heart
More About Me
I am from:
My surgery date is:
April 6, 2015
I was diagnosed with:
My surgery was:
Aortic Valve Replacement
Aortic Aneurysm Replacement
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft