Agian;n873396 said:It's just the way it is in general. Aortic replacements are more common than Mitral. I remember someone implying they felt discriminated against, on the forum, as a mitral valver.
Then there are the tissue and mechanical valve militias. Add political differences; the irreligious heathens vs. the god-fearing Americans and you would think it was Lebanon during the 80s. Only difference is that we're tired and anxious LOL
The reason is geeral I think. Bicuspid Aortic Valve is the most common genetic birth defect of the heart, something like 2% of the population as far as I know. Some bicuspid aortic valvers need their aortic valve replaced soon after birth, others later in life, some not at all, but the point is that since it is the most "common" birth defect there's going to be more people with that valve problem going to need valve replacement than people who have problems with the other valves !judy bee;n873394 said:What's the reason for most folk having Aortic more so than Mitral issues on here.. ?
Is that just how it is in general or is this forum more that way inclined so to speak ?
epstns;n875711 said:. . . and just to cloud the waters, IIRC when I first joined here long ago (in 2002. . . yeesh!), the ranks were almost even - mitral valve patients and aortic valve patients. I'll bet that if we had the ability to do any research, we might find that the proportions move over time, depending on some massively random set of variables.
Just like so many other characteristics. . . we're ALL heart valve patients.
Hi John, I just had aortic replacement 3months ago. Not as bad as I expected. Almost did not want to leave the hospital. The nurses were incredible in the ICU. I am assuming you checked out the hospital and the surgeon. That is the most important thing you can do IMO. U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS rates hospitals even the smaller ones like mine. Just google your hospital and put in U.S. NEWS HOSPITAL RATINGS. As far as valve type talk to the surgeon. Mine was neutral. He said with the advancements in TAVR the tissue valve at my age was looking like a good choice, but he was certainly open to the mechanical valve. I chose the tissue valve because I tend to be a bleeder. Low dose aspirin effects me a lot. I have to not take it if I get a dental cleaning I bleed so much, so I thought I might not do well on warfarin.Sean Oboil;n876499 said:I'm 64y/o and scheduled for tests at BWH Boston soon - have been diagnosed with Aortic stenosis and looks like I will need a vlv replacement. Any recommendations?
Would def like to go w a tissue one.
Thanks for providing this update. It would be great to hear back over the coming months how things are and how the valve is working for you. I think you are one of the "youngest" patients that received TAVR on this forum - definitely a trend to watch which could change future treatments especially when there is no issue with an aneurysm.jcgtok17;n876580 said:Here is Japan there was very little air time given to the mechanical option. With TAVR procedures soon to be covered in Japan and already covered in my native Canada it seemed a rolling 10 year catheter fix was much better than Warafin (daily). In terms of which tissue option the most common here are Crown (a smaller value and the "avg" value size used in Japan is a 22mm) and Trifecta which I went with as fitment was better (assumed 25mm but the biggest 28mm used in the end). Day 15 and all good so far. Quite relieved to be on this side of it. Best of luck with your decision and eventual procedure. JCG