I'm under Brompton hospital for severe aortic leak (regurgitation) and moderate aortic narrowing (stenosis). They have been looking after me since 1997. I also have AF and restrictive lung disease because of kyphoscoliosis, curvature of spine. My lung function is way too poor to have valve replaced by surgery. I had all the tests for TAVI (replacement via artery) back in April. Usual route for TAVi is via artery in groin, but because of body shape it is too difficult. Main reason it needs doing is because at some point, heart is not going to be able to cope with the leak. Also my breathing is getting much more difficult. Saw vascular surgeon in June, and he agreed it could be done via carotid artery. I saw an anaesthetist last Friday (14th Sept), and he thinks it is OK to go ahead, and he is going to approve I have it done under General anaesthetic rather than local. It will be much easier for me and the team doing it. Am just waiting on a date now. Am very nervous, but it needs to be done. Not sure how much a new valve will improve my breathing, although my cardiologist thinks it will definitely help a bit, but it will protect my heart from working too hard with the valve leak. Will keep you all updated. Has anyone on here had this done?
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