This is my first post of a 30 year wait. It now seems that my Stenotic Aortic Valve is closer than ever to being replaced.
The news hit hard on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 after scheduling a visit to West Penn Allegheny Hospital to meet my surgeon and develop a relationship and talk about my medical history.
The usual questions were asked. What kind of valve is recommended and what kind of medications will be required after surgery.
After the meeting, we discussed that I had a CT scan scheduled in 5 months to verify if my aorta was dilated. Since I was already present we decided to get the blood work complete and do the CT scan on the same day. It wasn't until about 7:30pm that evening that my new surgeon called to confirm that I had developed an aneurysm in my aorta and it was up to 5.4 centimeters. Well above what the surgeon said was comfortable and recommend valve replacement in 4 to 6 months.
It then set in that If I had waited 6 months for that CT scan I might have been in a different boat.