- Feb 20, 2021
Hi,I'm a 48 year old male; 6'-3" height and 275lb.
I have AVR in my very near future, and need to decide my path forward : Mechanical (On-X) valve or Tissue valve.
I'm very nervous about the prospect of hearing something tick in my chest for the rest of my life.
Is there anyone out there that can shed some light on the noise concern - and perhaps share their experience?
Any feedback / recommendations greatly appreciated
(because I feel like I'm having a carburetor serviced on a V-8 engine)
I have had a mechanical aortic valve (st Jude) for 35 years (since I was almost 4 years old) and am currently having to prepare to have it replaced (just spoke to cardiologist yesterday so call could be any day now). I was recommended to have to Ross procedure as that would enable them to make the cavity larger for my valve however I have opted for another mechanical as want to try to avoid future surgeries. My valve is failing due to the increased pressure on my heart during pregnancy 7 years ago (had my head buried in the sand for a while) but otherwise I’m convinced the valve would not have needed to have been replaced as prior to pregnancy there were no real issues. The ticking has never bothered me-it’s just a part of who I am. I can hear it if I choose but can also ignore it. Warfarin also never been much of an issue. Few occasions where range has gone a bit crazy (generally to do with stress or when I started uni) but having my own self test machine has been invaluable. For me, mechanical has been brilliant and served me well.