Today I am struggling to take the next steps towards the recovery side for myself, setting a meeting with my recommended surgeon and getting a surgery date. I have so much anxiety about OHS and it's on my mind constantly.
I'm new here, I'm 52 years old and I've been diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve stenosis. I have been doctoring / monitoring yearly at the Mayo Clinic since, for symptoms I started having in 2016 when I was 50. My echo I had done in January 2019 has showed some more narrowing of the aortic valve, along with not so great results from the treadmill stress test. My cardio has suggested that I need to get valve fixed in the next 3-6 months, and has recommended a surgeon, along with some other testing prior to any surgery. I "m so overwhelmed, but I know I have to do this or I won't be around for many more years. I would have a mechanical valve put in b/c of my young age. The thought of open heart surgery scares the heck out of me and I haven't taken the next step In the process. Lots to digest.