Doctor has given me a timeframe for the first time for surgery but it appears I have fallen into severe range..please see echos below and my post

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Professional Dingbat, Guru and Merkintologist
Nov 4, 2012
Queensland, OzTrayLeeYa
Oh, and @BGold
when chuck says this its not just "his impression"

Structural Valve Degeneration, referring to what eventually happens to biological prosthetic valves

This is a very well understood issue and is played down by surgeons who (really only look at 10 years out).

Reoperation is a relatively common event in patients with prosthetic heart valves, but its actual occurrence can vary widely from one patient to another.

this is widely discussed in the literature AND in the surgical guidelines. Remember that while actual occurrence varies widely this means that the rates vary widely and there are well known and well understood parameters. These boil down to your age at surgery.

If I had a dollar for every person who came here saying "I've not heard this before" I'd be independently supported financially.

something else to read:

The mechanisms are reasonably clear:

So its up to the patient to advocate for themselves when making an informed decision.

While walking that path, try not to read shills (like that Adam salesman) and to read actual data and (shock) try to believe what genuine patients on "blood thinners" say about the experience.

Try not to "hope" for things until you actually know. My lovely wife would always say "be careful what you ask for, you might just get it"

Best Wishes


Well-known member
May 31, 2010
kansas city, mo
I would like to confirm SVD is Small Vessel Disease?
Here is what I found for SVD:
  • SVD. Singular Value Decomposition. Geography, Geodesy, Technology. Geography, Geodesy, Technology. 20. SVD. Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery + 2 variants. Medical, Obstetrics, Gynecology. Medical, Obstetrics, Gynecology. I think you need a different term.