I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve and have been having it monitored annually for the 9-10 years.
I never thought much about it until Monday when--after a visit with my cardiologist--I became aware that I'm having symptoms that may or may not be indicators that valve replacement surgery is inevitable for me in the next few years. It's confusing to know what to pay attention to since symptoms come on slowly and could be indicators of something other than heart valve issues.
My first reaction is one of shock. I have to be honest and say that I always felt certain that I would be one of those individuals who would not need surgical intervention within my lifetime.