17 years with my Edwards bovine

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Croooser

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They said it wouldn’t last, but seventeen years after AVR all is good with my Edwards Magna Perimount.
Great news, fellow tissue-valver. Here's to reaching 20 and beyond.
Congrats Duffey, on your 17th valve anniversary. I have the same valve and it will be 13 years for me on July 28th of this year. My last echo earlier this year looked good but my cardio did say it is leaking just a bit. Best of luck to you and I hope you get many more years from your valve.
Bravo and congratulations to Duffey! She and I got the same valve in the same year, and I am still as active as ever!
I've had my St. Jude Bovine (Aortic) for 15 yrs. 3 mos. and am thrilled. Never any problems and has certainly gotten me more than the 12 yrs originally stated. Congrats to you!!

Great news from and for all of you. Congrats and Best Wishes for continued success with your valves. Modern Medical Treatment does do wonders!
 

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If you don't mind me asking, how old were you at implant and how active (sports, hiking, cycling) we're you after you got it.
18 years is an excellent run.
Hi, I am 76 years old, I was 58 when I had it replaced. I am once again planning to go with bovine, I see the surgeon again next week. The valve was an Edward Carpentier. I have always been active, mostly walking, which I still do every day, just going slower and only about a mile. There is some concern about my lungs, I had a cardio pulmonary stress yesterday, so will get the results when I see the surgeon. It is all so overwhelming!!!!!
 

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Thanks for the well wishes. I was always physically active and swam a mile daily until maybe 6 months before replacement. I ride a stationary bike ,7 days a week, for 40-45 minutes. Bad knees have limited my physical activity more than any issues with my valve. Orthopedic surgeon says that I need them replaced but I’m holding off until after a trip to Ireland in a few months.
 

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I got my valve in May, 2005, along with a graft of the ascending aorta that was discovered during the valve surgery. I was 60 at the time and playing reasonably competitive squash, holding my own against younger players. The bicuspid valve had been diagnosed via a routine echo cardiogram that had been ordered because of what my great MD called a "tell-tale murmur" heard during a routine physical exam. I am still a reasonably active senior citizen, with no cardiac issues.
 

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Hi

Hi, I am 76 years old, I was 58 when I had it replaced. I am once again planning to go with bovine

thanks, and I'd call that a sound decision.

I have always been active, mostly walking, which I still do every day, just going slower and only about a mile.

thanks, because "active" means a lot to a lot of different people. Some examples of "active"
  • daily gentle walks
  • daily cycling of 20 miles on a road bike or 14miles of trail riding on an MTP
  • rock and mountain climbing
  • club level competition in marathons
  • 20 km cross country ski in winter three or four times a week
  • running / brisk walking up a mountain
this is just citing "active" from members I know here who are 50+ years old and includes me in that (although sadly its only 10km a day cycling now and no xc skiing.


but its important to clarify what "active" means and to who.
... It is all so overwhelming!!!!!

it is, but as @dick0236 says : eat the elephant one bite at a time
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Best Wishes
 

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Congratulations and thank you to Duffy, johnnycake23, BAVD John, Squashplayer and readsforfun for posting this positive news for all us tissue valve newbies (only 4 years for me).

Continued good luck and best wishes to all of you and I'm looking forward to following your journeys on here (and eventually joining your longevity club).
 

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My sincere Congratulations Duffy! Your experience bodes well for my 7 year old Edwards Bovine Aortic Perimount Magna Ease. My yearly cardiologist visits are just some questions about any problems/issues (none so far), more questions about staying active and exercising (as much as Rosie requires, including rides in my bicycle basket) and then a hand shake and "...See you next year".
 

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Daniel758

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My sincere Congratulations Duffy! Your experience bodes well for my 7 year old Edwards Bovine Aortic Perimount Magna Ease. My yearly cardiologist visits are just some questions about any problems/issues (none so far), more questions about staying active and exercising (as much as Rosie requires, including rides in my bicycle basket) and then a hand shake and "...See you next year".

Enjoy Rosie, we lost our friend of 16 years a few months ago and our house and lives have not been the same since.

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kentuckyed

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Daniel, sorry for your loss. We lost our 14 year old Wire Fox Terrier last fall and got Rosie a few months later. My wife was strongly NOT in favor of another dog at this point in our lives (me 71, she 69) and both of us showing our age. I was just as adamant that now is when we really need a canine companion. So, let some time go, by but don't rule out another pet.
 

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Great news from and for all of you. Congrats and Best Wishes for continued success with your valves. Modern Medical Treatment does do wonders!
For me it’s good to hear about the longevity of tissue valves. On April 8, 2021 at age 67 I had an Aoritic Inspiris Resilia of 21mm. The valve has healed, seems to be working fine. At the same time they did an aortic ascending aneurysm patch which is now ballooning at both ends, growth being monitored and a possible consult with Baylor aneurysm specialist in the works. I’m hoping to find a way to fix without cracking my chest open again. My rehab was very long to finally feeling and thinking half normal.
 

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