Mike M

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I am a new member who is going to be having surgery sometime in the next 2-6 weeks.  I have some concerns about the post OHS recovery that caused me to seek out a discussion forum

I was born with a bi-cuspid aortic valve and later developed an aortic aneurysm   I have been monitoring the leak (originally diagnosed as moderate/severe) since I was 19 years old.  We only discovered the aneurysm a few years ago (at 5.0 cm).  It hasn't changed much since then (one measurement of 5.1cm).  My surgeon is recommending surgery now (for  both issues) and I feel that it is a good time to address it.

I am lucky in that I have a healthy heart.  That's if you can ignore the bad valve and aneurysm.  Other than that my arteries are less than 10% narrowed and I haven't had any heart attacks or additional enlargement since we started monitoring it for the leak.

I am also lucky in that I am in a position to decide when to have the surgery instead of having it done in emergency situation.  I read  posts from members who weren't so lucky and it seems like they went through a lot.

I look forward to learning from you and helping out where I can.