Moderator+ ScubaRx Posted April 2, 2009 Moderator+ Share Posted April 2, 2009 Tali and I wanted to let everyone know about some surgery that is in my future. About 2 weeks ago, I had a cardiac cath done to rule out some vague symptoms that I was having. We were able to determine that, overall, the arteries around my heart are in good shape. However, during the procedure, we discovered a congenital defect in the aortic valve. A normal aortic valve has 3 cusps that open and close with each beat of the upper chamber of the heart. It seems that mine has only 2 cusps. Over time, the opening thru the valve constricts causing a condition known as aortic stenosis. If this continues unchecked, congestive heart failure, enlarged heart, kidney failure, etc. can/will occur. The surgical solution is to replace the valve with either a mechanical or tissue (pig or cow) valve. There are up and down-sides to either choice. The tissue valves have a lifespan of about 10-12 years and then they need to be replaced but during their lifespan they are relatively maintenance free. The mechanical valves will (for all intents and purposes) last forever. But, you have to take anticoagulant drugs for the rest of your life with all the accompanying trouble that they entail (dietary restrictions, monthly blood tests, etc.) At least I can monitor and dose my own Coumadin, so that will make it a little easier. The surgery is scheduled for April 15. I chose that day because, apparently under the new Obama administration, if you need open-heart surgery and have it on tax day, you are not liable for any taxes due for that year. It has to do with the stimulus plan or something. Actually, we chose that date because it is after the Lake Greeson Gathering and before the impending birth of our next granddaughter. So, here we are. We are looking forward to seeing everybody in Arkansas next week. Steve Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher and Rocky plus our beloved Storm, Maggie and Lucy (all waiting at the Rainbow Bridge) 2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, Hull #026 | 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, Hull #050 | 2022 Silverado High Country 3500HD SRW Diesel 4x4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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