Posted By Chris Newman on May 12, 1999 at 10:33:54
My dilated aortic root, measuring 5 cm, was diagnosed 2 years ago. After a recent ultra sound it appears I also have a bicuspic valve - that I assume caused the aorta to dilate. I am a 54 year old male in otherwise good health. My GP, after discussing this situation with a cardiologist, is talking about valve replacement surgery. I meet the cardiologist next month. My question is this, is this an operation that could be, or should be, postponed until I am older. I see from previous messages posted that artifical valves only last around 20 years, which might mean another operation in my mid 70's, if I make it that far. Thanks.
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