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  1. Pmacky09

    Activity Time Lines

    Really appreciate the great info in this thread. I'll be having AVR surgery in the next couple of months (no date yet) and am entirely focused on what happens post-surgery. I am typically a very active person - running, hiking, dancing, all the cardio things - but am v. restricted at the moment...
  2. Pmacky09

    Valve disease presentation by Dr. Kevin Hodges

    Thanks for sharing this! My bicuspid aortic valve is severely stenotic (and I'm experiencing shortness of breath with even mild exertion now). I saw the surgeon last week after an angiogram and he advised that surgery would probably in July-August of this year (he rated me as NYHA 1-2). I'm in...
  3. Pmacky09

    332 Days Out Of Surgery

    Amazing!! I'm in the pre-surgery camp and my activity is severely restricted at the moment. Many mountains all around me but no climbing until after surgery. This gives me so much hope and I can't wait to climb again. I'm going to set a similar goal. Thank you for the inspiration!! 🌄
  4. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Most recent echo shows AVA of 0.8cm2.
  5. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thanks @drivetopless It definitely has been creeping up on me, and I am certainly more fatigued in the past month - there's no denying it now as I've had more naps in the past month than I have ever had in my life! Shortness of breath is also more intense when exercising (especially hiking our...
  6. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Good to hear things are progressing @SiestaKeyJimmy and sounds like you’re getting excellent care. Godspeed and keep us posted!!
  7. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thanks for sharing @newarrior. I'm on tap for an angiogram and the cardiologist says surgery will probably happen within days of that. Now that I know it's happening, I want to get it done and move forward with the next chapter. Thinking good thoughts for you and hope all goes well.
  8. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    That’s wonderful to hear. And very encouraging fingers crossed for a smooth process.
  9. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Wise words, @Timmay! Getting things teed up now with my cardiologist. Appreciate the reality check! 🤓
  10. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thanks, @NorthVanJosh. I was just referred for an angiogram at St. Pauls and the cardiologist seemed to think it would take 4-6 weeks to get that done.
  11. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thank you! I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
  12. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Well said, Chuck C! So grateful for all the encouragement and real talk in this forum.
  13. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    I can relate SwansCity1912! We moved to BC in 2021, so I attributed the SOB to running/hiking in the mountains versus being mostly on flats. I'm now scheduled for an angiogram, so things are moving forward.
  14. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thank you, Nesphito. I noticed I was winded the other day going up a bigger flight of stairs too. 😩
  15. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thanks, Lynn. I was doing a few 5-7km runs a week up until October of last year. Same kind of thing; something just felt off and WAY too out of breath for the effort. I switched to walking (at a fast pace) to keep up my cardio fitness, which feels better.
  16. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thanks, Josh! I have no idea where I might go for surgery. My cardiologist is in North Van. I hope you get yours quickly too!
  17. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thank you so much, Lynn. I'm happy to hear wait times are not an issue. I think my cardiologist was taking his cues from me, and admittedly there was some denial going, so I will update him asap. The shortness of breath is def there, especially during hikes up the mountain.
  18. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    This is really helpful, thank you! It feels a lot like the Twilight Zone. 🤪 1.5 years? My cardiologist suggested I would have surgery before the end of the year. I can’t imagine. What are your symptoms?
  19. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    So true, especially here in Canada where wait times are gobsmackingly long.
  20. Pmacky09

    60YO woman with BAV and severe stenosis

    Thank you. I appreciate the real talk here! And planning for surgery does sound marginally more appealing than bathing in anxiety for months!
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