I would appreciate some advice on Bicuspid Valve and Enlarged Aorta. I was referred by my GP in June to a Cardiologist as I had been feeling breathless when climbing stairs I would normally climb w/out struggle,general fatigue and chest pains. He noticed a murmur and referred me straight away. I have had all the checks and they have identified a bicuspid valve and enlarged aorta (47mm). I am 50 and have been relatively fit and well with the exception of Viral Meningitis last year.
I have family history on both sides of valve problems, my father and grandmother. My father died in his early 70's of an aneurysm and as you can imagine I'm feeling very anxious. I am awaiting my follow up appointment having had a TEE Transesophageal Echocardiography. The doctor who did the TEE recommended I was referred to a cardiac surgeon as they prefer to do preventative surgery. I'm really keen to get this the valve replaced and aorta repaired /replaced as I'm relatively young with 3 children and want to be there for my family and not take any risks leaving it to be monitored.
Has anyone had experience of this or can reassure me I am on the right track pushing to have the operation.
I have been put on beta blockers to strictly maintain my blood pressure at 120/80.
Look forward to hearing from you