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  1. Squashplayer

    Love the new look

    Good to be back in touch after a few years away. Great respect for Hank & Michelle, but impressed with the new look and updated functionality.
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    The End of an Era and a New Beginning

    Dear Hank, As my 14th AVR anniversary approaches (May 2), I am reminded of how much this site and you personally and Michelle and many fellow members of the site have meant to me and my wife, Nancy. You and our ValveReplacement colleagues have provided guidance and reassurance during times of...
  3. Squashplayer

    Considering the end of - Looking for your thoughts

    My aortic valve replacement happened in March, 2005, after my asymptomatic bicuspid aortic valve was discovered by a very smart doctor, I went into planning mode, consulting with cardiologist and CT surgeons, and (by pure luck) ran into This wonderful site has brought me into contact...
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    Tried to send you a private message, but let me know that you have exceeded your quota...

    Tried to send you a private message, but let me know that you have exceeded your quota, so I sent it as a visitor message.
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    Hello Bob, I have not been active with for a while, though still logging in occasionally...

    Hello Bob, I have not been active with for a while, though still logging in occasionally to see what's happening. I thought of you just now as I was reading over old messages, including a very thoughtful message from you about 10 years ago regarding PVCs. It reminded me that you seemed...
  6. Squashplayer

    1 Week After Surgery Update - Video

    Thanks for the smiles! Thanks for the smiles! Hello Dan, Nancy & I love your video! And your joyful smiles, which light up the room. Don't overdo, but keep walking. For what it's worth, I measured my walks and increased the distance gradually over the first few weeks post-op, and it was...
  7. Squashplayer

    Passing of my Mother

    Deepest Condolences Deepest Condolences Dear Hank, You and your family are in our thoughts at this very sad time. Sincerest sympathies from Nancy & Richard
  8. Squashplayer

    I'm So Vain - Scar Healing Products

    I like my scar - believe it or not I like my scar - believe it or not Well, my wife likes my scar (3+ years old and getting smoother), and guys in the gym (those who don't know me well) don't know whether to comment or pretend they don't see it, which gives me a chance for a smug, private...
  9. Squashplayer

    Can I travel?

    Hello Swatig, After I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, my cardiologist and surgeon both strongly advised against air travel. It was a kind of cost-benefit analysis. On the one hand, they noted that the probability of something bad happening (triggered by a sudden loss of cabin...
  10. Squashplayer

    Any correlation between incision length and the valve being replaced?

    Scar length Scar length I had AVR and aneurysm repair (ascending aorta graft). My scar measures 8.5 inches. A source of pride in the locker room!
  11. Squashplayer

    Prayers Needed

    Our thoughts are with you Our thoughts are with you Ross, We are so very sorry. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Richard & Nancy
  12. Squashplayer

    Children of BAV patients

    BAV Family Checkups BAV Family Checkups When I learned that my BAV might be genetic, I consulted with my doctors about this very question. My cardiolologist and CT surgeon agreed with my own instinct; and my kids (son & daughter), my sister, and my sister's kids (son & daughter) have all been...
  13. Squashplayer

    Reconnecting with friends

    After 4 months of anticipation and fear and with a lot of support from many of you, my surgery on May 2 did finally happen (as my wife, Nancy reported at the time). AVR with a CEPM bovine pericardial, graft of a few inches of my dilated ascending aorta. And everything went extremely well...
  14. Squashplayer

    New Crisis For My Family

    Our thoughts are with you and Lyn. Our thoughts are with you and Lyn. Dear Ross & Lyn, You have been an unmet friend for many of us, and now you and Lyn have helped again by giving us all a deeper sense of perspective about our own situation. Please know that my wife and I are thinking about...
  15. Squashplayer

    Six Years and Counting!!

    Happy Anniversary from Connecticut Happy Anniversary from Connecticut As someone who has been given every possible kind of well-intentioned but often contradictory advice about how to deal with my bicuspid AV and asymptomatic stenosis, I was one confused and frightened fellow for quite a...
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    Pericardial Feedback for New Member

    Thanks from Squashplayer Thanks from Squashplayer Hello Threadmates, Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and experiences, and for the warm words of welcome. This is an amazing group. Hank deserves a Nobel Prize for getting it started. Having digested all that you've said, along with a...
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    Pericardial Feedback for New Member

    Hello gang, I've been reading your postings for a few weeks, and it's been very helpful, even a little inspiring if you want to know the truth, but this is my first posting. Here's my story in a nutshell: 60 years old. Male. Bicuspid AV. Severe stenosis recently diagnosed. Completely...