While I have known for 16 years I would have to eventually replace my aortic valve, its still a little scary to be actually getting ready to discuss it with a surgeon. I have been asymptomatic until this year and now my symptoms are making life difficult to say the least. Next week is a CTA Chest scan and a meeting with first surgeon at Yale Medical Center. Reading as many stories as I can on this site to gather information on what to expect and ask. Feeling grateful to have found this group!