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Is it aortic valve?
When have you been diagnosed with it?
Yes 2 weeks ago
What are your symptoms now?
I don't feel bad just don't have as much energy as I use to I had a minty stroke in Sept. of last year
Aortic stenosis is a condition where the opening of the valve gets narrowed as the cusps get stuck together.
So there would be difficulty in the ejection of blood from heart.
Heart has to pump hard to send blood to different parts of the body.
Less energy, tired feeling can be there.
This can lead to failure of the heart.
Less blood supply to brain can cause passing out or faint feeling.
Pain in the chest can occur from less blood supply to heart.
There can be irregular heart rate.
In some cases infection may settle on the cusps.
What about the replacement of the valve with cows valve?
Different modes of treatment is applied.
The valve can be dilated or stretched.
It can be replaced as your doctor has suggested.
Now a days, it can be done with catheter.
This is less invasive & does not need big operation.
Catheter is thin tube. It is introduced through artery.
But can the valve be replaced this way?
I am attaching this link for details on this procedure
If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know
If I'm not a high risk patient them I should have the open chest surgery?
This particularly depends on the overall assessment by surgeon.
Age is a factor in consideration.
Please feel free to ask, if you have any further query.
The VA I go to is the James A. Hailey In Tampa Fl. It's a teaching hospital for the University of South Fl. I just don't want them to do more than they have to. Thanks Bill