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    Pounding heart

    I had my BAV replaced with a pig valve in Oct 2018. I had issues with afib after surgery (I’m told that can be common) but it stopped and was thankfully taken off Warfrin. But the irregular heartbeats continued until starting “Remag” which is a concentrated magnesium. None since and I continue...
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    Vision Disturbances and Migraines

    I haven’t posted here since prior to my Avr/anulus enlargement in Oct 2018. I too experienced visual occurrences post surgery and still do but less frequently. Mine are almost like a small white lightening bolt periodically will flash in my vision field. Strange. Also I have always gotten...
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    Update on Bicuspid Aortic Valve

    40 % blockage in one artery but with good blood flow, all others no blockage. I don't remember anything about a score, or is the % of blockage the same thing. I'm a 65 year old female. Sounds interesting, I will check into the garlic extract.
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    Update on Bicuspid Aortic Valve

    I had my 6 month Echo and was surprised to find not much has changed from last October. I'm feeling better and letting go of some stress. Learning how to play this waiting game is a challenge. Due to my symptoms they also did a heart carh which showed some CAD but overall good results. I am...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Hello all - to Duffey, yes I do live in a small resort town about 20 miles from the UP Border. Lots of lakes and rivers for summer fun and lots of snowmobiling in the winter. So my choice of UWHealth at Madison will hopefully be good (it's about 4 hours from me). The other closest facility...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Wow, gone a few days and look at what I've missed. I think I've decided to put my head in the sand and hope this all goes away. Seriously, good point about getting older and possibly no longer being able to self manage the warfarin. But at that point it probably wouldn't be hard to give it up...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Well what have I learned? I've learned that I must decide. Meeting with surgeon is now only a week and a half away and can't come too soon. I'll get his take on everything and go from there. I'm surprising myself by being more open to a mechanical. Thanks to all for your comments. I'll...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    All of your comments are appreciated. What does my gut say? Maybe I'm making too much out of the idea of Warfarin but considering the risk of bleeding, calcification, and other long term usage I have to look at my age. Yes I'm in good health now but realistically as we age more things go...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Bottom line is that none of us know when our time will come. So I am trying to do my best to make the right choices that will give me the best chance of seeing my Granddaughter grow up and being as self sufficient as I can:). That being said, one cannot help but want to be informed when facing...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and for sharing your story. I am putting future TAVR possibilities for me on my questions list. My cardiologist I saw the first time seemed to think that by the time 10 years or so rolls around that TAVR would be more available to a larger segment of...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    I would imagine my surgeon will give me his recommendation on valve type and I will just have to go from there. Pellicle, your info is extremely helpful. Paleowoman, I was wondering how they determined the valve size. Makes sense. Btw, I tried viewing your video posted in Heart Talk but wouldn't...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Am I understanding correctly that doctors use only their particular brands of valves and that if I want another brand I have to find another doctor? So daunting, I had no idea. I chose UWhealth in Madison because it has the highest ratings in my state. I live in a very rural area in northern...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    Thank you all for responding so quickly. I'm afraid I'm very uninformed and just learning about all the terminology. As far as my "score" it was based on the echo I had during my stress test. I didn't get any other numbers (or if I did I don't remember). I am in good health otherwise, other...
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    First surgery, bicuspid aortic valve replacement

    This is my first post on this site, just discovered it a few days ago. I am a 65 year old woman and I found out I have bicuspid aortic stenosis in Sept. of 2016. At that time my cardiologist wanted to do surgery right away. So I went to UW Madison (Wisconsin) cardiologist for a second...


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