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I Need a Valve Job

Not my engine, my heart.  Tomorrow I'm going to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for an aortic valve replacement. They won't know whether it will be open heart or via catheter until they finish 5 days of workup that starts on Thursday. The procedure isn't scheduled until Sept. 3. We will have to stay in MN the whole time since they don't want us going back to Florida because of Covid. If everything turns out OK, I should be going home by mid-September.

I really need to get this done so that I can get back to fishing. The last time I got out was April 15. It's been almost 50 years since I went that long without fishing. 

I started feeling lethargic about 2 years ago and the symptoms gradually got worse. The condition progressed from moderate to severe in April and I ended up in the hospital for a short stay in May. Now I can't walk 50 ft without getting out of breath.

I'm posting about this here because a lot of you guys are old.  When you get old, you start feeling bad for specific reasons. Aortic stenosis happens in 10-15% of people over 65. It often doesn't get diagnosed because people don't go to the doctor or don't like telling a doctor that they are feeling tired. Don't just blame it on age.  Get checked up at least once a year.


  • redeye76redeye76 Posts: 510 Officer
    Dang good advice Doc.  A year ago a good friend was getting that way and he just blamed old age, but he was only 63. Had to call his wife to come get him at the office and take him to the hospital--breathing problems and chest pains. Next day they did open heart surgery with 3 bypasses and 2 stents. Lucky to be alive.

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