Unfortunately for me, I did not know I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, until 3 weeks ago, so everything is hitting me fast and sudden. On June 12, 2020, I experienced a gripping chest pain over my heart and a sudden rapid heart rate for the 1st time in my life. I was at work exhausted, sleep-deprived, mentally drained, highly stressed from working 18 of 19 days with one day off. I worked 13 consecutive days, 12-hour days min, more when the protest/riots happened that last weekend in May and the weekend after. I was there. It was a terrible experience. I am a Chicago Police Officer, and while I have experienced stress throughout my life, those 3 weeks were the trigger to my perfect storm. I was looking forward to my 1st day off in 2 weeks that day 12 June, little did I know what was brewing inside of me as I was getting ready to leave work. Blood pressure sky-high, highly stressed, and sleep-deprived were the agitators that revealed the true condition I have and did not know it. I spent 5 days in the hospital, and I did a lot of reflecting. It has been a terrible year. As a 1st responder when COVID hit, the amount of uncertainty and stress took its toll on us. Now, this climate. civil Uproar. It’s a double-edged sword for me, If I did not go through this experience, I would not have gone to the hospital and would not even know I have this. Who knows what fate I may have encountered much older. Everything happens for a reason.
Hello everyone I'm new here, still deciding which valve to go with and my surgery is around the corner. Although I'm leaning more towards the tissue valve. Blood thinners for life with mechanical, or tissue valve, no blood thinners but at some point, will need replacement and I know there is the TAVR procedure. I have read the pros and cons of both and feedback will be appreciated.