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    Is this forum an appropriate place for humor?

    Here is my view. There are few subjects that are more serious than the life and death realities that those with valve disease face. By its very nature, the morbidity of the topics discussed on this board is unavoidable. Yet at times, we still have moments of humor here. And I think this is just...
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    Returning to exercise after valve surgery

    For those of you already on the other side, how has your return to exercise gone for you? - Are you able to exercise at the same level as before surgery? If so, how long did it take to return to pre-surgical levels? -I am well aware that many had symptoms which impaired physical exercise just...
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    Let's set some goals! A throwdown!

    I am going to put down some personal goals that I have set for myself as I recover from my valve surgery. I encourage all to do the same. We can encourage one another and keep each other accountable. They can be weight related, fitness related, goals for recovery, getting ready for surgery...
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    Pre-surgery diet and supplements

    My aortic valve replacement surgery is coming up in 4 days. I’d love to have input from others as to what recommendations they were given prior to surgery. I’ve reviewed the limited guidance that they gave me for diet and supplements prior, took a look at what some medical sites recommend and...
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    Cath 3 days before valve replacement- question

    Hi all. My valve replacement is set for March 22. The surgeon prefers that my cardiologist, his favorite, does my cath. But, my cardiologist is booked until March 19, three days before my valve surgery date. Ideally, I'd rather get the cath done a week prior, so that I have full recovery from...
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    I've crossed the line into severe and need to make a decision

    Hi all. I have really enjoyed being here on the forum for the past few months and appreciate all the shared experiences and knowledge. I’m 53. My BAV and moderate aortic stenosis was discovered 20 months ago. I’ve stayed in the moderate range on my echos, with AVA 1.1cm2 on my last two, but...
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    Hi Everyone- new here. Pre-surgery BAV

    I am very happy to have found this forum- such a wealth of information and so helpful when others share their experiences. About 18 months ago, at age 52, investigation into a murmur led to my diagnoses with bicuspid aortic valve with moderate aortic stenosis, near the severe threshold with...