Aortic Valve Replacement

I will be away from work from the 20th’ish of June for at least a couple of months for Heart surgery to replace my Aortic Valve. The valve is supposed to be split into three so the leaflets will fall against the wall of the artery when the blook moves through it.
When I was born, the valve was only split into 2, so when blood moves through it, there is a lot of turbulence and an inflammatory response occurs, laying down scar tissue and calcium, slowly narrowing the valve. Now the valve is significantly narrowed, the heart muscle has to work hard to push the blood through. This requires more blood to the Coronary Arteries and less oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.
So now it’s time for a new valve. My two options are:
-Mechanical Titanium Valve: that will last forever but then I require blood thinners and at risk of over bleeding and hemmorhaging if I fall or bang my head. There are little options if valve technology improves in the next decade or so.
-Tissue valve: hand made from a heart tissue from a cow. This may last from 15 to 25 years. I don’t need blood thinners and have it affect my lifestyle or diet and will leave me open for a new form of heart valve replacement that is on the brink of use for the masses.
It was recommended by one hospital that the Golden Standard was the Mechanical Valve and that there was no real other options.
I visited a great doctor at St Pauls, we had a great chat, and I was very happy with the session. We came to the conclusion that a Tissue Valve is the best option right now considering the option in the near future and that I am an active person.

http://www.edwards.com/NewsRoom/NR20051129.htm discusses the procedure.

Interesting reading. Are you planning a valve replacement in the future. Check this out. St Pauls in Hospital is a leading researcher in this type of treatment. It was important for me to talk to someone that is thinking about what is happening in the future. Any questions or thoughts, email me any time.

6 thoughts on “Aortic Valve Replacement

  1. Since your vavle replacement what massage therapy have you found to be most helpful.. I have a client have been working with for the last 3 weeks. I have mostly been doing abdominal massage to lengthen the abdomen, light massage and reiki on the chest and ribs. Thai massage to allow the hips to fall open on their own. Lots of cranial sacral.
    Thanks for your help

    Namaste
    Randy

  2. That has been kind of a doozy. I guess the things that have been an issue have been the work around the scar to keep it mobile, the sternocostal joints, the fascia just inferior to the xyphoid process and the thoracic and shoulder complex manifestations with having the shoulder and scapula protracted for such a long time. At 8 weeks now, I still can’t bring my arms back past my frontal plane. I’ve been limited to swedish techs to the pecs, shoulders and abs, muscle energy to the ribs and thoracic spine, gentle fascial release towards the scar. The craniosacral would be pretty cool too.

  3. What kind of tissue valve did you use nd may I ask how old are you? and where did you hear that tissue valve from a caw last 20-25 years. I was told the most is 15 and it can also go bad after 5 years.

    I am 55 yrs otherwise healthy person going through diff time trying to make up my mind as to what kind of valve to use. Any information you can send me would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank you, Donna

    • I chose the Bovine Tissue Valve. It was a no brainer for me. I sat down with my surgeon and as I am still very active (just turned 40), that was the decision maker. The downsides with the mechanical valve/blood thinners and active people is too much of a life changer. I take lots of natural anti-inflammatories like ginger, tumeric, garlic to reduce inflammation that can shorten the life of the valve. If you find that you aren’t too much of an active person, then the mechanical valve is a better route to go. Any other questions, email me anytime.
      Take care and ttys,
      Simon

  4. Hi good morning I guess the things that have been an issue have been the work around the scar to keep it mobile, the sternocostal joints, the fascia just inferior to the xyphoid process and the thoracic and shoulder complex manifestations with having the shoulder and scapula protracted for such a long time.I have mostly been doing abdominal massage to lengthen the abdomen, light massage and reiki on the chest and ribs.Thank you for sharing this post.

  5. Hi:
    I am facing aortic valve replacement surgery early next year (2011) and read your entries with interest. How are you now? Still feeling like you made the right decision re type of valve? Have you noticed a change in your energy since full recovery? Any pointers for me?

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