@predictable Thank you for your words of encouragement
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Hi! I discovered I have aortic stenosis when I had my 2d echo done way back in 2007. The opening of my aortic valve was 1.1cm2 then. I do not feel any of the symptoms. It appears that my aortic valve is bicuspid instead of tricuspid. I was advised by my doctor to have a valve replacement but until now have not had the suggested valve replacement. I followed the medication prescribed by my cardiologist. In 2011, I decided to have regular acupuncture performed by a Chinese Eastern Medicine doctor. I also took herbal tea which their clinic provided. I stopped taking the tea after 2 years. Three years ago, I began to feel shortness of breath when I climb the stairs and when I have long fast walk. I stop carrying heavy bags. I easily get colds and cough. When I have cough, sometimes it takes 3 to 4 weeks before it is gone. I have difficulty breathing when I cough. Recently, I had the 24 hour dopler test. The doctor was worried that in several instances, my heart stop for 6 seconds but I was asleep when it happened. He told me to consider valve replacement. I asked my cargio how long will I live if i do not have the valve replacement and the answer was 2 years, and during those 2 years, I may not be as stable as I am now.
Im praying for guidance if I should go for it. There is a non-invasive replacement now that will not involve open heart surgery and recovery period is shorter than the open heart surgery.
I am now 66 years old. Pls help me decide. Thanks.