Posted By Tina on June 18, 1999 at 15:20:31
I am a 31 year old female with a Bicuspid Aortic Valve and previous coartation repair as a child. I, of course, have aortic stenosis at that site. I was told as a child that I would probably have to have a valve replacement in my thirties. I have been experiencing some mild chest pain, lightheadedness (with mild exercise) and slight nausea with this. All of these symptoms are off & on. I was never told what the symptoms would be if this bicuspid valve and aortic stenosis should become a problem. Could you tell me if I should be concerned or not, and what the symptoms I may experience might be.
Posted By Hank Eyring on June 23, 1999 at 13:32:57
You and have a bit in common. I am 32 and also had a Bicuspid aortic valve until 3 months ago. (It had to be replaced with a mechanical valve) I also had some of the problems you are experiencing, namely the lightheadedness. Don't be alarmed though, my main problem was that I got a blood infection that infected my valve and damaged it.
I just wanted you to know that even a worse case scenario of having your valve replaced is not the end of the world.. I was quite discouraged when I found out that I needed the surgery. Now, 3 months after valve replacement, I feel better than I have felt in many years, I am back to work, running miles per day on the treadmill and playing racquetball several times a week. These things were not possible before. The surgery was not as bad as I thought it would be.
I hope this will help you if you are faced with replacement surgery...
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