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Valve replacement

Anyone out there who has had, or is scheduled for any type of heart valve replacement surgery, there is a great site called valvereplacement.com  . Help with Coumadin administration, self testing, self dosing, what to expect at the cardiologist's office and more. You will be glad you came.
1997, May- Ross procedure OHS for congenital bicuspid valve disease
2008, August 27-Thoracic ascending aortic aneurysm 7.0 cms with insertion St. Jude mechanical valve.
Johns Hopkins, Duke Cameron, MD
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Thanks for the link.  i was just diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis with severe mitral valve regurgitation and was told my only option was to have my valve replaced.  Since that time i have been doing as much research on my condition as i could.   Since i can no longer work and have all the time in the world to think about this. I was also told that since i am having symptoms it is very important to get the surgery done fairly quickly by a cardiologist which is rather scary.
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I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve and had a commisurotomy in 1967 and had the valve replaced in 1975, when I was 12.  Last year (age 54), I found I had an ascending aortic aneurysm and had to have the aorta and the valve replaced (again).  Yes...it's scary but you need to make sure you find a surgeon you are comfortable with and can trust.  My wife still can not understand how I could have gone in for the surgery and not be scared.  I told her that there was a reason that I found out about the aneurysm (I had no symptoms and actually found out about it on the web) and then found this particular surgeon.  I knew that with all of that in my favor, I would be fine.  I had the surgery on 9/11 and now we don't have to worry about it. So..what I am saying is go get it fixed and you won't have it hanging over your head. It's worth it!
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