Welcome Monica the forum will serve you well. I am 22 months sp AVR . It was pretty scary thinking about it when I first found out I had a bicuspid valve approximately 3 years earlier when my valve was at 1.3 cm . It got down to .7 and I was quite symptomatic with chest pains, shortness of breath, feeling old. Had the valve replaced with an Onyx valve and take a small amount of warfarin and I now run over 2 miles when I never had that ability before. I can honestly say that I don’t recall feeling better in my life than I do now. Should have done it a long time ago. They tell you to wait till you get to severe (I was at critical). In retrospect I should have done it when I first found out. I can’t believe how good I feel and I am 64.