25 years with this valve

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mom2angel

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Today marks 25 years since my current St. Judes mechanical mitral valve was put in. It replaced my 11 1/2 year old Bjork Shiley valve, because I outgrew it. I was 2 years old when the Bjork Shiley was put in and 13 years old when I received this current valve. 25 years and going strong! I thought I was going to have to replace this valve last year, but I was diagnosed with Constrictive Pericarditis instead and had a Pericardiectomy. I am doing much, much better than I was last year, but I am still retaining fluid and more tired than normal. They think I may have diastolic dysfunction, but we do not have any clear answers at this point. I should probably start exercising regularly and see what improvements I can see.
 

leadville

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Congratulations on the 25 years that's great

I hope your current issues get under control soon, have you been given any reason Why its happening ?

i presume that the valve is working fine ?

Best wishes
 

tom in MO

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Congratulations. Way to go gal!!!! If I did the math right, you should start exercising now before the arthritis and obesity rear their ugly heads :)
 

jwinter

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WOW, 25 years! Sounds like you have a great one. Many more ahead and congratulations!
 


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