- Oct 13, 2020
- Ponte Vedra, FL
I've recently had to ECHO-Stress test, the first 3 months ago showing my heart is declining, the second two weeks ago, and I had better results that the first. However, after asking my cardiologist numerous questions through the portal at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, she called me and said that my valve is degenerating and that I will need surgery in my lifetime. I lead a busy life, my husband and I travel a good bit, and I asked if she could give me an approximation of approximately when, even though I know Dr's cannot really state something like this... she made several points, one being I know you're a planner and due to valves only lasting about 10 years we need to time this, to also saying you recuperate better the younger you are. I am 72. My first surgery I was 55 and I had a Davinci Robotic mitral valve repair. This time I am told I cannot have a repair, but the valve will be replaced with a pig or cow valve. Later, should it need to be replaced again, a new valve can be threaded through my groin and put in place. I am having a CT scan of my heart next week with a Cardiac Cath in a couple of weeks after this and then I'll meet with a surgeon on June 1st to discuss the pros and cons. I know surgeons push for surgery, but ultimately it is my decision to let this hang over me and live my best life as long as I can or have surgery and recover and then live as well as I can. I know there is the possibility of death and stroke as well... scary stuff!!! Those of you who have been through similar, please advise. Thank you so very much!! I am so grateful to this site and all of you!!!