Saturday, December 19, 2009

I'm In The Slow Lane

Got my latest echo report:

2008 gradients: 22/36 mmhg
2009 gradients: 16/27 mmhg

2008 AVA: 1.3 cm2
2009 AVA: 1.2 cm2

2008 ascending aorta: 4.25 cm
2009 ascending aorta: 4.5 cm

2008 aortic root: (SOV 3.5cm, STJ 2.55 cm)
2009 aortic root: 3.7 cm

2008 EF: 55%
2009 EF: 70%

The echos were done a year apart in November. Soooooo, it looks like I'm in the slow lane...relatively the waiting room for the time being.



iffnwen said...

Just came across your blog today and have been reading it. . . you provide some interesting info about your experiences with BAV.

I'm 54, and in early December I had an echocardiogram that revealed I had a bicuspid aortic valve---never knew I had it before then and didn't know what it was. I was also told that I had a dilated aorta. After following up with MRIs of the chest and neck, the cardiologist has recommended heart surgery (Bentall procedure). . .a sobering thought to say the least. Right now, I can't commit myself to having it done. Good to read about your experiences and how you're staying active without surgery.

Lucky10 said...

I came across your blog today. I hope all is well with you Jim. I have a 2 year old daughter, Cassidy, who was born with Tetralogy of Fallot w/ PA & MAPCA’s.
I think blogs are a great way to get the word about about CHD’s and I commend you for what you’re doing.
My wife and I are also on a mission to spread the word about CHD’s. We just started a jewelry company called Lucky 10. All of our products are handmade and pertain to Heart Defects and the Heart Community in general.
Please check out our site when you get a moment. If you could help us get the word out about our new business we would be very grateful. It’s a project that’s very dear to our hearts.
Thanks so much and we look forward to reading more on your blog!
Vito Lisa

P.S. If you want to keep up with Cassidy’s journey here is her Carepage info: , Page name: cassidylisa

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