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Last Friday I discovered that I have aortic valve stenosis, which means that the aortic valve in my heart won’t open properly. If it’s not treated, my chances over the next year are not good.

Next Thursday, that is 3 days from now, I’m going to have it replaced with a valve made from bovine tissue. The upside is that they do a lot of these operations today, and the risks are very small. The downside is that it’s open heart surgery. They did a cardiac catheterization and discovered that though the valve was in bad shape, my arteries are in good shape, and there is only one small one that might need bypassing. They will decide whether to do it when they are in there replacing the valve.

The prognosis after a replacement is very good. We will keep you posted on this blog.

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