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Aortic Stenosis

Hello, i'm 19 years old. I was born with Mild aortic stenosis and a bicuspid aortic valve. It progressed to aortic regurgitation and enlargement of my aorta now also. So i have Moderate stenosis, mild regurgitation, mild enlargement of my aorta and a bicuspid aortic valve. Ever since i was 13/14 i suffered from severe shortness of breath with exercise, palpitations, fatigue, and chest pain with exercise. My 1st cardiologist didn't order any additional tests he just said it was asthma, my 2nd cardiologist ordered a cardio-pulmonary stress test that came back normal, said i had asthma and i was fine. I then saw a pulmonologist who said i DIDNT have asthma but that i might have something going on with my vocal cords, but said my lungs where healthy and to get speech therapy. I finally went to my 3rd cardiologist and he ran an exercise stress test. Turns out then when i exercise i develop severe aortic stenosis. My mean gradient at rest is 25 and my peak is 30. Anything below 25 is mild, 25-40 is moderate, 40 and above is severe. When i exercise my mean becomes 50 and my peak is 80.

How could the other 2 cardiologists totally miss this? Anyone else develop severe stenosis with exercise? I am now going in for a cardiac cath with possible ballooning on tuesday then surgery this summer. What is a cath like? i have never had one
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