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    M43, Mitral Valve Repair/Replace on Monday

    I wish you the best. You will be fine.
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    Hobbies and interests

    I am a pretty decent chess player. I also like running, and I play piano (classical, early intermediate level).
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    diastolic heart failure

    Hi Pellicle. What was the reason of that tachycardia? How did it resolve?
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    My mvr story so far.

    Any medical study: X-ray, MRI, CT, Echos, Blood work, whatever. They give you a printed copy (or more often, nowadays, send it by mail) and it is you who brings it to the doctor that ordered it. And, during the visit, your doctor look at it, takes his notes, and gives it back to you. This is...
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    My mvr story so far.

    In my country, your are allways given your own medical studies and you bring them to your doctor. I prefer this way. The only downside is that lot of people (myself certainly included) google about their results and get, most of the times, unnecessarily scared...
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    My mvr story so far.

    Hi Pete! Regarding mitral valve regurgitation, surgery to repair the valve (or replace it, if repair is not possible) will not be taken into consideration unless it is moderate/severe. As a matter of fact, slight/trivial mitral valve regurgitation is a common echocardiogram finding in healthy...
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    Is it rude?

    Hi! Just a short question: is it rude to ask a cardiac surgeon how many surgeries (of the exact type of your upcoming surgery) he has performed during the last year? Greetings
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    Is it Curtains for me?

    Hi! Keep in mind that Dr. Internet ALLWAYS announces the worst scenario. Everything looks extremely serious when you google it (or it is that we tend to remember just the worst alternatives). Wait to talk to your cardiologist. Good luck. You will be fine.
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    Repair life

    Good luck with your upcoming surgery! You will be fine!
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    Repair life

    Pellicle, my third post was not directed to you at all. It was just some kind of disclaimer to remind members that my opinions are just from my own experience as a patient and that I am not a doctor. Yes, i know it is probably unnecessary to state it, because it is a forum for patients, but anyway…
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    Repair life

    Needless to say that I am just a patient and not an expert at all on any medical subject. I just share my opinions from what I have been told by my own cardiologists (I see regularly 2 of them, both very well considered) and from what I have read myself on the web (I am the kind of patient that...
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    Repair life

    Pellicle, keep in mind that Mitral and Aortic valves are completely different beasts. The most usual problem regarding mitral valve is mitral insufficiency as a consequence of degenerative mitral valve disease. In this specific case, no cardiac surgeon will perform a mitral valve replacement if...
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    Repair life

    For mitral valve, a good repair is allways better than a replacement. Having an estimated repair likelihood of 95% are very good news. You will be fine.
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    Deciding whether to have Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery

    I did not have surgery yet. Mitra clip is not an option in my case because a good conventional repair can be achievable. Mitraclip, as i have been told by my cardiologist, is usually considered for those who are too risky for undergoing a traditional surgery. And it usually does not completely...
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    Deciding whether to have Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery

    Hi: i am in a situation pretty similar to yours (52 yo, severe mitral valve regurgitation caused by a bileaflet prolapse, assymptomatic). I am being followed by echo every 6 month. Timing is everything. You don’t want surgery too late, because your heart muscle damage may have reached a point...
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    Mitral Valves - Dual Surgery

    MILD mitral valve regurgitation is a common echo finding and will most probably never progress to moderate level in your entire life (if your valve is structurally fine).
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    Mitral Valve surgery scheduled for Dec.17th

    Glad to hear you are doing well. I wish you the best!
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    Five years after MV repair

    Glad to hear you are doing well!
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    52 years on ONE valve

    Congratulations Dick!
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    Protimenow Update

    Hi. Glad to know you are doing well after such an ordeal. I wish you the best. Take care.