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It appears I have 2 options.
1. Forget about any major heart surgery and enjoy my remaining numbered days. (Difficult to enjoy when the leaky Mitral valve causes me to feel half asleep all the time and I'm constantly worried that the other shoe is going to drop soon. Statistics tell me that those with CHF will be 26% dead in 19 mos. and 50% dead in 5 years after affliction.
When I asked my cardiologist about replacing the Mitral valve he said "It is an extremely dangerous operation". No more was said about it.
2. Get more input from other sources about my having the valve replaced. I'm willing to take a certain amount of risk.

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You might wish to get a second opinion at a center of excellence in cardiology, like Mayo Clinic. If you do, you can submit a request here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

I think @hopeful33250 had a mitral valve replacement and may be able to share more about the risks factors that were shared with her according to her health status as well as age.

You might also be interested in this Q&A with Mayo experts:
- Minimally Invasive Surgery for Mitral Valve Repair https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/podcasts/newsfeed-post/minimally-invasive-surgery-for-mitral-valve-repair/

And the many discussions in the Heart support groups here: