Id like some advice on my diagnosis of 3 years ago of mild aortic stenosis. Im afraid I buried my head in the sand and didn't look into it too much. My GP diagnosed this from an echocardiogram and said I didn't need to think about it for about 20 years, that eventually I would probably need a valve replacement. I just thought ok I'll worry about that later.
I had another echo last week and Im waiting for the results. So of course I read up some more and am a bit worried about what I have found out. Is it possible from what Im reading that it could have changed from mild to severe in only 3 years? It would appear so. I was never referred to a cardiologist and maybe I should have been? Should I insist on that now?
What are the chances it actually hasn't progressed much beyond mild in 3 years. What do I need to ask, should I have it tested every year? Should I be following a different lifestyle?
Im only 59 and apparently thats considered quite young for this so does that mean it comes from a congenital or other source.
Look forward to similar stories or advice please. I don't want to go to my next appointment with the results of this second echo without knowing more about it and what to ask.
Basically Im a bit scared Im going to drop down dead especially as Ive read that if youre at severe stage, only 50% of people survive 2 years......what if it changed to severe two years ago?