Although I'm not disputing that I need the operation to replace my aortic valve, I've decided to get a second opinion as to whether now is the time. I've read up a lot on the subject, including medical papers on the Internet, but I still don't know whether now is the time. I'm a young 49 year old so they say it's better to undergo the operation while you're younger as you tend to recover quicker and have a better outcome.
I don't actually have any damage to the left side of my heart, but again they say it's better to fix it before you get damage! I feel like I'm too well to have such a serious operation!!!
I do get breathless walking up large flights of stairs, changing the bed linen or chasing the cat around the garden trying to catch him, but otherwise feel good!
So my appointment for the 2nd opinion is on Saturday, 14 July.