I am new to this forum and would really appreciate advice from people who have had a mechanical or tissue valve replacement. I am only 48, female and have 2 children 12 and 14. I live an active life and exercise keeps me sane. Nothing too strenuous but I like swimming and hiking. I was born with a biscupid aortic valve which has been watched for the last 6 years. It has now tipped into the severe category and I have been told I need imminent aortic valve replacement therapy. I live in London and am lucky to have been able to get opinions from 2 surgeons who specialise in the field. One surgeon is definitely pushing me towards the mechanical valve option but I suffer health anxiety in general and feel that this may not work best for me due to the worry over warfarin, constantly checking blood and also the ticking you can hear/feel. The second surgeon said it was a personal decision and that a tissue valve might be better for me despite fact it may wear out quickly. I've been told it could be anywhere between 5 and 12 years and then I will need repeat surgery which becomes a bit riskier. My gut feeling is leaning towards the tissue valve despite the obvious disadvantages due to my age/ongoing surgery. But I also know what I am like. I like a drink (which I know you have to be careful about on warfarin) and every time I go for bloods etc I fear the worst.
Any personal experiences or opinions would be so gratefully received as I have to make this decision literally in the next couple of days and it is really not an easy one.
Fortunately, they have discovered this early so I have no other arterial or aorta problems and despite the calcified valve I am otherwise healthy.
Thank you heart community