Posted By Robert on December 05, 1998 at 17:28:32:
I am a 46 year old male with bicuspid aortic valve disease. This has been monitored with echo for many years. I have only moderate stenosis and continue to be active with sports and outdoor activites. Calcification is worsening, particularly on one side of the valve. Regurgitation is considered moderate/severe with the regurgitated jet impacting one of the mitral valve leaflets causing it to "balloon". There is no jet lesion. Heart size and function are within the normal ranges. I recently received a TEE for a clearer picture and have been put on an ACE inhibitor though my BP was normal. I have been told to return for an echo in 6 months. I am beginning to evaluate surgical options. With so many recent advances in surgery, I'm trying to optimize timing against the potential for doing long-lasting damage to my heart. I'm interested in minimally-invasive procedures, and am also interested in advances in tissue valve replacement - lifelong coumadin looks like something to be avoided. Thanks for your help. What a great service to the public.