Hi everyone, so I am 11 week post op after aortic valve repair. I was doing plenty o f exercise but noticed when I pushed a little harder and went for that deep breath I would get a sharp pain that radiates up maybe neck and left shoulder. Well over a couple of weeks those pains become easier to come by until a trip to the ER to be told I had Pericarditis. They put me on Voltaren anti inflammatory which seems sort of helpful but my biggest discomfort is the elevated resting pulse rate from 60 to 90's. has anyone else had these same symptoms with the deep breath pain and the elevated HR? How long and what did you do to get over it?
I was hopeing to get the signoff to go skiing from surgeon this Monday but instead I got Pericarditis!
So a couple weeks to go and another surgeon looks at my case and says "I'm pretty sure I can repair that".! Well a week earlier I had made the decision to go bioprosthesis valve so I am back in the deciding situation. Their seems to be limited information on repairs but what is available seems promising. I am looking for longevity at this age and I have made the decision to not go mechanical. I meet with the surgeon again soon to review this option in more detail. My current surgeon doesn't do this so I would need a full change up.
I would love to hear anyone's inputs on this or experiences?
Anyone have experience with the Ross method or Switch method where they switch out the Pulmonary Valve? I am wanting to avoid further operation because of my age, 39, and i am wondering about how long it lasts, generally. It seems like it is more and more apparent to be a personal decision.
Hi, I am 39 years old and am facing AVR in the next few months. I am having to choose between bio or mechanical. The surgeon has been leaning towards mechanical (which requires a lifetime of blood thinner). I have not meet or heard of anyone my age that has had a mechanical valve but don't seem to have trouble finding anyone with tissue valves. I am a very active individual (skiing, home renovations, kids, swimming, diving etc) and would very much appreciate any advice or shared experiences?