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    Upcoming: ascending aorta and valve replacement

    Hi, I had a Bentall procedure back in 2011 because of a Bicuspid valve and a significant aneurysm. I had a tissue valve (porcine) plus a vascutek replacement upper aorta and all has gone well (apart from much worse migraines which seems to more common than my specialist will admit to). I am now...
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    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    Long term migraine sufferer, after my surgery I had multiple migraines a day for at least a week. Frequency dropped off after a couple of weeks back to 'normal'. However, after a couple of months I tried to exercise (previous to surgery I used to run marathons) and had very bad pain in the back...
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    Migraine triggered by heart rate with exercise

    Paleogirl, many thanks for these links. I have read through them and I will ask my doctor about propranolol because the migraine is often associated with an agonising pain behind my right eye. I did receive some permanent damage to my visual cortex during the op which is a small 'dirty blind...
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    Migraine triggered by heart rate with exercise

    Prior to my aortic root replacement in 2011, I was an keen runner, cyclist & squash player with many marathons under my belt. I recovered from the op quickly and planned to get back to fitness slowly but surely. Post op I was hit by many 'classical' migraines (which I had suffered from...
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    2 months out questions

    PS. If it helps its quite normal to feeel sensitive to your pulse, especially whilst resting. Many of us can become a little 'fixated' by our heart beats, mine often feels very loud and its accompanied by load tinitus (see another thread!). Try some relaxing techniques, even a good book can take...
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    2 months out questions

    Hi Richard, I have discussed similar issues with my consultants. I had a mixture of vision problems the majority of which dissappeared after a couple of weeks. However, I am left with a small 'dead' spot apparantly caused by (possibly) a minute piece of debris (e.g. colesterol) finding its way...
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    Bicuspid Aortic Valves and Ascending Aorta Replacement

    Leoneida, firstly I hope you have a good discussion with your cardiologist and or surgeon to clarify your condition and proposed procedure. Your age, health and current fitness obviously has a impact on the rate of recovery. I was asymtomatic and was regularly running and hill walking. I was out...
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    Bicuspid Aortic Valves and Ascending Aorta Replacement

    Hi and welcome to the forum. I had my operation to replace my AV and ascending aorta a year ago by coincidence on September the 28th 2011! As Rachel says, everyone is unique and it's important to discuss any concerns you have with the relevant medical professionals. If you have not made any...
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    Is it okay to get your heart rate up?

    This should be one for your cardiologist. Having said that, the general rule is max rate = 220 - your age . This equals your safe maximum (for females its a little higher). To get the best out of your exercise you should use a heart rate training zone. For running this is usually 60 - 85% of...
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    8 1/2 months post-op

    Ryan, I have had a similar experience. Pre op I was running regularly and asymptomatic, I was looking forward to improved fitness levels after (I thought!) a couple of months expecially as my BAV was in poor condition. My fitness post op was almost zero and as for running.... I have had to start...
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    Ears ringing (Tinnitus)

    Tinitus can be associated with valve disorders according to my cardiologist, but it is by no means a clear symptom. My own case history is that over a decade ago I was diagnosed with a BAV, however, I was asymtomatic and led an active life (sub 3 hour marathons in my 'glory' years!). Two years...
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