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  1. #11
    Best of luck, and prayers on the way.

    My wife had #2 15 years ago (#3 wasn't an option back then). She opted for a mechanical valve (they last twice as long as a tissue valve). Her recovery was a lot easier than we expected: very little pain.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Number 1 wouldn't be my first choice
    Wife had number 2 done several years ago. It was the standard for decades and still is if a bypass is required at the same time. She opted for the Pig valve because the mechanical requires blood thinners for the rest of your life. The doctor and I thought it was the wrong choice and she is on blood thinners now anyway.
    Number 3 was experimental then.

    Prayers sent.
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  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Prayers sent.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    AGL (Above Ground Level)
    Prayers sent.
    Check 6,
    Air Pirate out.
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    -Charles Lindbergh

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    but I have promises to keep,
    and miles to fly before I sleep..."

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Out stalking Jim Scoutten!
    Prayers sent.
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  6. #16
    Join Date
    May 2011
    DFW, Texas
    Prayers sent

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  7. #17
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Sparks, NV
    Thanks y'all.
    It's crazy as this my only cardiovascular issue. I don't have any blockages or high cholesterol. All the other valves are just fine. Just that one freaking Aortic Valve.
    Got a more comprehensive test coming up.
    If it's absolutely needing done the VA here will be sending me to the Palo Alto VA for treatment.
    Only symptoms I was having are running out of breath when engaged in exertion and getting light headed when I need to bend over for extended periods.
    USN 1976-1998
    Western Australia
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  8. #18
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Palo Alto VA is affiliated with Stanford Med, you would be in excellent hands. Get it done asap.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Prayers sent...
    I believe it is my duty to protect the innocent, care for the weak, and leave the lazy to their own pathetic demise.

    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” —Aldous Huxley

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Herbert West View Post
    Do what your CV surgeon recommends as the best option, and asap. I recall back in physiology 101, aortic stenosis, one of the presenting symptoms is sudden death.
    My grandfather just died of this at west palm beach VA Hospital in November. Collapsed on the phone with my mother.

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