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  1. K

    Received copy of PCP's Echo that he waited 6 months to tell me about...

    Report states: 1. Left ventricle systolic function is hyperdynamic, ejection fraction 75%. I've only seen info. regarding lower EF. Don't know yet what it means to be abnormally high. 2. Right Ventricular Systolic Pressure (RVSP) elevated 45 mm Hg. I guess this is why on the first visit with...
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    Thank you so much Chuck for taking your time to provide this very informative post! No doubt others will appreciate it too. I still have a lot to learn, this is all so new to me. Karen
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    Had first appointment with the cardiologist today. He's scheduled me for a heart cath in a week and I was told to bring a bag in case they have to put in a stent. I really didn't learn anything on the appointment. Doc wanted to wait for test results. This doesn't seem like the standard...
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    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Hi Chuck Thank you for taking the time to respond. I appreciate everyone's responses so much. It makes a world of difference in navigating this serious health issue. Your point of going into surgery in good physical condition vs. sedentary is an excellent one for all to hear. One that I...
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    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Hi there, Oh my! Your experience of being rushed through all this without time to digest it all would have had me just dazed and freaked! People in the medical profession, with their time demands, etc., seem callus at times and often communicate only the bare minimum. The internet and these...
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    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Hi Jim, Sorry, I'm delayed in responding to everyone. I've been too stressed out about getting to see a cardiologist and learning about this by Googling studies and articles and stressing myself out even more! Forums like this are lifesavers, extremely helpful. I go through periods of...
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    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Hi Croooser! I've started to think I may have symptoms that I've been attributing to other things. Such as, I started having dizziness 3-4 months ago and I was thinking it was related to the prior brain surgery. Increasing shortness of breath to asthma. Bouts of fatigue to age. A few heart...
  8. K

    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Hi, I was told moderate-severe and see a cardiologist. That was all I was told. I had no idea they could tell the cause. Googling AS studies is how I learned anything at all. There's some scary reading out there! As far as behavior modification all I saw was strenuous exercise damaging the...
  9. K

    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Lol, a merkinologist! 🤣 I haven't heard anybody use the word merkin in years! You've become an expert (the hard way) on valve issues. You must be such a help to many on this forum. One day I suddenly had a couple waves of chest pain that had me running for the bathroom and losing my...
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    Diagnosed with moderate-severe aortic stenosis 2 days ago....

    Hi everyone, I'm rather overwhelmed with this and what I should or shouldn't be doing at this time. Is exercise good or potentially harmful? Haven't seen a cardiologist yet, waiting on the referral. I hear they cardiologist are really busy in this area so I'm wondering how serious they will...
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