Hi everyone, I am hoping to connect with anyone that lives an active lifestyle and has the On-X heart valve. My surgeon explained that a lower dose of blood thinner (1-1.5) is possible with the On-X valve. My assumption is that it would be less dangerous should I suffer a head injury etc. Is anyone on blood thinners and doing active, possibly dangerous stuff?
I am leaning toward a tissue valve because I surf, mountain bike and play soccer. The downside is that I would need the tissue valve replaced in 8-12 years and would also need open heart surgery again sometime during my life.
I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. In the last couple of years, the regurgitation has increased and my heart is enlarging. There are no other heart issues. I am having surgery next week. Any insights would be much appreciated.