Patient Comments: Aortic Stenosis - Symptoms

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Comment from: Carl, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 16

I've had shortness of breath for the last 6 to 7 years. After carotid surgery 6 years ago, I felt ok for several years. About a year and a half ago my internist noticed a murmur and scheduled me for a checkup every 6 months. Shortly after my last 6 month checkup I felt extreme shortness during strenuous work. Consequently I had 2 stents put in. The surgeon who placed the stents noticed the aortic stenosis and after further tests it was determined that replacement is required. End of Feb 2019.

Comment from: Rico, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

I am a 47 year old male and I've been diagnosed 6 weeks ago March 1st, 2017 with severe aortic stenosis narrowing at 0.44; after a period of being moderate, narrow at 1.1 since May 2015, after having a heart attack in the gym. I had known I had a murmur almost a decade ago but the general physician said nothing (I'm annoyed). I should've had it checked out! I am or was a fit healthy athletic person, not even expecting any of this. I have been asking myself how this ever happened. In recovering and trying to return back to a normal life, I'm now a lot more careful being weaker but still able to walk around but not as quick or normal as before. I've been off work since, as I can't work. For light exercises I'm using my heart rate monitor (from sports watch) making sure I'm not going too far above 100 bpm when outside for short walks. I do basic Chi Cong when possible. I am resting a lot more. Having seen my cardiologist back a few weeks I've been put on urgent waiting list for open heart surgery. I'm going to choose a bovine valve as I don't want warfarin. Angiogram is booked early May so I'm hoping my arteries are completely clean and clear. Hopefully my operation will happen immediately after. Wish me good luck.

Comment from: Piano Girl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I'm a 73 y/o female who has always been very active and energetic. I have always exercised regularly; most recently did morning TRX classes almost daily; also walked in my neighborhood afternoons. Two weeks ago I started having symptoms of lightheadedness, some dizziness, shortness of breath and fatigue; just a general sense of malaise. Have always had a murmur; but was told not to worry. A recent ECHO shows I have mild aortic stenosis. Was referred to a cardiologist and that apt is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what my plan of care will be!

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