I am a 38 year old male with moderate to severe aortic valve regurgitation, thickened intervventricular septum, slighlty enlarged heart and slightly enlarged aorta. I was found to have a murmur at age 20 in a routine check-up and it had been mild until age 35. To my surprise, it became 2+ - 3+ on an echocardiogram 3 weeks ago.
My cardiologist is certain that I shall need aortic valve replacement but either did not know or did not want to answer my question on long-term prognosis.
Does anyone know what things look like in the long-term? Does anyone know what long-term statistics say? Do people with my age and condition tend to die from this and if so, how long?
All the readings that are upbeat cite prognosis for 5 to 10 years. I have a very young year old child with generalized abnormalities and it scares me that I will not be around for him.
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