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Tue, Apr 21 10:06am · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello,
Once you get the Bicuspid Valve(I'm assuming the Aortic Position) replaced you will have so much more energy. At 50 mine was all stiffened and not opening or closing completely. They called this condition Stenosis. Ask your Doctors about the condition status of the valve. I had and Aneurysm too but when that happened and needed surgery there was no time to do the valve. They did the valve 10 years later. I bet with you they will probably do both at the same time.

Stay well.

Bruce S.
Texas

Mon, Apr 20 7:02pm · Corona Virus & Heart Issues: Hope Everyone is Staying Home. in Heart & Blood Health

Hey Everyone,
Since I have a Man Made Aortic Heart Valve I have to to take Blood Thinners and need my Blood tested to make sure it is within the required "viscosity"(INR). I cancelled my INR monthly test(avoiding risky areas) for the end of March and figured I'd start to do the home test. I applied for it thru my insurance. Almost a week left and still nothing from the Insurance. I don't want to travel to Austin(the risky place) and have my Blood tested at the end of this month. Lots of virus cases there and it is unneeded risk. I've been in range with my INR for many months in a row. Hard to weigh the risk of travelling to a Hospital where the clinic is. My wife thinks I should have gone in March. Frustrating.

Bruce
Texas

Mon, Apr 20 3:58pm · Corona Virus & Heart Issues: Hope Everyone is Staying Home. in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Everyone,
Been a while since I have posted. Everything good here. With taking BP Meds and Heart Disease issues I have been avoiding almost everyone except my Wife. Hope everyone here is well and being wise staying home and no seeing others. We are all in a high risk group.

All the best!

Bruce S.
Texas

Tue, Mar 3 1:58pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello,
They operated on mine and it was about the same size and growing like yours. I don't know your age and any risk factors you may have that would create complications or delays in getting the surgery done. If they want to operate, do it. Make sure you are healthy for the surgery. Take care of yourself.

Bruce
Texas

Wed, Feb 26 10:46am · sternal wire removal in Heart & Blood Health

No, I never went back to the surgeon. I figured it was just the nature of the surgery. Iv'e had two side chest openings(both Heart Surgeries) one on 1978, other in 2005. The 2005 surgery required removal of a rib. I'm not in pain, I can just feel my chest is just not as strong. Combination of missing rib and cut sternum, I just have to deal with. It was interesting to hear folks having their wire removed. I've never heard of that before.

Bruce
Texas

Wed, Feb 26 9:28am · sternal wire removal in Heart & Blood Health

When they cut the Sternum they cut Bone and Cartilage. I've been told the Cartilage doesn't grow back together like bone does, hence keeping the wire in for the rest of your life. Is this not true? Even 2 years after my surgery I feel my chest is not as strong and simple tasks like opening a door, I can feel my chest twist unless I am straight in front of the knob as I pull the door open. Same thing when opening drawers. Stand in front and pull with both arms. It really is uncomfortable.

Bruce
Texas

Fri, Jan 24 9:09pm · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello Morninglory,
Is your incision around the side of your body following your rib line or at the front thru the sternum. Mine was around the side, and they took out 1 rib.

Bruce
Texas

Fri, Jan 24 9:09pm · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

You bounced back quickly and that was a blessing. My last heart surgery was thru the sternum too and it was just 5 days in the hospital and no pain past those 5 days. Just took tylenol. Exercise if you can every day. Do something to stay fit.

I had an aortic aneurysm in 2005 and it was a tough surgery. Opened around the side, not thru the sternum. The doctors that repaired the aneurysm just recently contacted me and advised I need to be regularly screened for more aneurysms. I'm at risk for more. Guess it is a genetic thing. I sent them my scans last month and expect a report back from them in the next week or so. They are a research hospital: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas & Memorial Herman Hospital. Don't miss your checkups.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas