Originally Posted by katidid95
I guess I should be glad that I know about it because if I hadn't had the echo, I'd never would have found out.
Amen to that. Mine got infected and damaged (eventually replaced) because I didn't know about it, and didn't take antibiotics soon enough. I was also overweight, unfit and not particulary healthy (sleep, eating habits).
The aortic valve works the hardest of all the valves because it must propel blood to the far reaches of the body.
You are doing the right things in my opinion. Take antibiotics prior to anything invasive including dental work. Have periodic echocardioagrams to watch for change. Other than than, try to live life to the fullest and relax. Congrats on being slim, fit and healthy. It can only help.
By the way, despite this and other issues, I'm now fit, and healthy (but still slightly overweight) at 50. Yes, heart surgeries are amazing these days.
You will be fine. You have a lot to look forward to. I wish you well.