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    Aortic Valve Replaced 3 years ago, symptoms returning
    FamousAmos822 posted:
    I had minimally invasive surgery to replace my aortic valve when I was 27, about three years ago. The surgery went well and my symptoms vanished, which were constant heart palpitations, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. About 3 weeks ago, I started having the palpitations again, every night, until I would fall asleep. Then it started to happen even during the day, just when I was at rest, like sitting and watching tv. Shortly after that began, I was walking downtown with my husband and became short of breath; we only walked a couple blocks, it seemed odd to me because it hasn't happened in so long. Also experienced the shortness of breath walking up flights of stairs while carrying some luggage and then attended a concert where I was active and got short of breath just from singing the songs and having fun... a couple of times while short of breath I had pain/tightness in my chest. Since then, I have been taking it easy, the palpitations seem to have eased up quite a bit, and I haven't gotten out of breath, but that could be because I haven't been doing anything except working (bank teller, not a strenuous job). It's only been three years since my surgery, could I already be on the road to needing another valve?! Mine was replaced with a bovine valve due to it being bicuspid and having stenosis since birth. I really don't want to have surgery again so soon!!
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    ......"could I already be on the road to needing another valve?"

    Hopefully not, though there is no way to know/tell for sure via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions). This can only be truly determined by having the appropriate diagnostics (such as an echocardiogram and/or Cardiac MRI) performed.

    Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

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