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Life expectancy after Aortic valve replacement surgery
I'm just at the cusp of 70 and otherwise very healthy aside from recently having to get an aortic valve replacement (animal itssue) full surgery mode to fix an aortic regurgitation. My doctor told me that if this valve runs its course, I will need to do TAVR next time. Now does this mean after the first TAVR, how many more times can one do a repeat, successful TAVR safely?
By extrapolating this, will there be any real difference in estimated life expectancy - VERSUS original life-expectancy if I never had an aortic valve replacement in the first place?
AHAASAKatie, December 3, 2019 8:57am EST
Oh gosh, this is an interesting question. I am going to refer you to the heart valve information we have on our primary website, heart.org and also back to your cardiologist for detailed answers. However, I can share that we have a great many heart valve survivors on our site and I look forward to reading what they share with you in terms of personal experiences.
AmbassadorB, December 3, 2019 5:19pm EST
First: Congratulations on successful heart surgery and undoubtedly you are taking advantage of "Cardio Rehab Therapy", the post surgery program where your progress is being monitored and you are receiving exercise to strengthen the cardio system. I underwent a TAVR procedure in 2015 and went through the Cardio Rehab program. One of the smartest things I ever did. It not only restored my energy and cardio performance - to a fine healthy level, but it also woke me up to realize that with a Good quality of life, I should get out and enjoy it. That included regular exercise activity at my own gymn. which I continue to this day!
Second: I am 89 yr's. young, and know better than to look back over my shoulder to see who might be catching up with me. My experience causes me to welcome every day with enjoyment and thankfulness that I am still independent and looking forward to more adventure and wonder! Life expectancy is a term used by the statisticians and bean counters. It's an academic expression that insurance companys use to compete for business. IGNORE the term. You're already a Winner! Mark down your own life expectancy but don't let that tell you to slow down, or take it easy. Medical Science has made some tremendous advances in recent years, particularly in the cardio arena. We're very fortunate. I intend to take advantage of it and I encourage you to do the same!
Finally: Welcome to this new generation of folks - living a full life - in every sense of the word. Glad to have you with us!