I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve which I understand that most folks are born with a tricuspid aortic valve....My doctors have been monitoring my situation for a number of years and I have known that at some point in my life I would need surgery. (but not this soon!)
In mid March I went in for a routine eco-cardiogram and my cardiac specialist Dr. James Price (Sonoma) surprised me with the news my aortic valve opening had hardened down to a quarter centimeter. (yikes!)..then 2 days I went in for a stress test.
I did not do so well..the test was over in a matter of minutes. My blood pressure actually went down (instead of up)....so Dr. Price was very direct in telling me and my wife, Chris that my condition was life threatening, I had to get a valve replacement within 30 days..wow, talk about unexpected! He then contacted his colleagues at UCSF to set up an angiogram. This was performed on April 15, at Marin General Hospital.
The procedure went well and all arteries are clear which was very good news. Dr. Brian Strunk performed the angiogram and after said my condition was as" advertised", and they would get me on the schedule for surgery in the next 2-3 weeks. Dr Strunk and Dr Price then said "take it easy now" and do not do anything stressful.
A few days later I received a call and my surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, May 3 @Marin General.
Dr. Scott Merrick will be the surgeon, assisted by Dr. George Allman, both from UCSF. They are tops in their field and I have a high degree of confidence in them.
I appreciate any support during this new phase of my life and especially any good vibes you can send to Chris!