Aortic valve. The heart cath showed I was almost totally clear, no blockage, no stents needed just the valve insertion. the side light to this was that my interventional cardiologist found the severe stenosis of the aortic valve in checking on the EVAR stent he had implanted a few years ago to repair my Aortic aneurysm.
I don't think you understood my question. Probably most people here who have had aortic valve surgery had bicuspid aortic valves. A condition that people are generally born with and for whom about 80% end up needing valve replacement or repair. A bicuspid valve means that your aortic valve has only two leaflets, instead of three. Three leaflets is what a normal aortic valve would have. The bicuspid valve causes turbulance and increased velocity, which tends to cause the valve to calcify over time, leading to aortic stenosis and/or regurgitation. But, some people who have valves with 3 leaflets still end up needing surgery.
So, you may not know if your aortic valve was bicuspid or tricuspid. Totally fine if you don't know, but just curious.
If you were tricuspid (three leaflets), I would suggest getting your Lp(a) tested. This is a lipoprotein which is associated with high levels of aortic stenosis. It turns out that many people who are tricuspid and end up developing aortic stenosis have elevated Lp(a), but most cardiologists will overlook this. On the other hand, as we age, even people with normal valves tend to develop some calcification on their valves. So, you may or may not have high Lp(a). Your valve may have just developed it from you being 77, although 77 is a little on the young side for someone who is healthy with 3 aortic leaflets. Most people who have 3 leaflets never end up needing valve surgery, so it would be of interest to know if something like Lp(a) is involved. It could actually be important to know as well, as high levels might accelerate tissue prosthetic valve deterioration.