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Old 03-28-2007, 07:05 AM   #1
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Question Aortic Valve Replacement

My 79 Year Old Mother Has Just Been Diagnosed With Aortic Stenosis And Will Undergo A Cardic Catherization Tomorrow To Confirm Severity. I've Done Lots Of Internet Research On Avr, But Am Looking Now For More Personal Experience Info. Spcifically, Bergen County (nj): Good/bad Doctor Experience, Good/bad Hospital Experiences, Etc. And Generally, Good/bad Replacement Choices, Recovery Experiences, Etc. My Mother Is In Gereral Good Health--- Some High Blood Pressure, Has Had 5 Hernia Repairs, And Double Knee Replacement. Never Smoked, But Took In Dad's 2nd Hand Smoke For Over 35 Years (till 1985). Any Info And Personal Accounts Would Be Greatly Appreciated.

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Old 04-07-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: Aortic Valve Replacement

I have a st judes aortic valve and a mitral valve. They were put in 11 years ago at age 33. I caught endocarditis "Heart infection" daughter had leukimia and I was sleeping on hospital floor at baptist hospital in NC. Some how I contracted an infection and it ended up in my blood.

anyway, the surgery on the arotic valve went well. since it is artifical I have to take cumadin "Blood thinner" Your mother would be a candidate for a flesh valve due to her age. Flesh valves wear out after some years but at age 79 they will feel she is close enough to end of life to use a flesh valve "Harsh but true"

Actually, I have two valves, mitral and aortic. I had 3 surgeries in 8 months and nearly died. The mitral valve and the infection were the culprits that complicated things. As I said, the aortic valve replacement went well. If no infection I am sure all would have went much better including the mitral valve night mare

Post back with any questions.

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