Update - All tests for TAVR complete and I passed!
So, it's a go for TAVR if I choose to go that route. I have seen the cardiothorasic surgeon, had a CT Cardiac and pelvic scan (checking for CAD & my femoral arteries). No CAD or other issues and everything is a go. I still have to see the interventional cardiologist before the procedure is schedulled. I've been gouging my eyes out reading up on the latest research between TAVR and/or SAVR.. If you haven't been following, or read my bio, this will be a valve in valve procedure as I had a tissue valve implanted about 16 years ago. It is now failing - miserably :) Anyone else been down this road? A quick search didn't reveal very much. The surgeon told me that the TAVR valve would be the exact same valve that would be surgically implanted, but without the sternotomy, stopping the heart, breathing machine, long recovery ect..Also, my surgery, if I choose SAVR would be a slightly higher risk do to scar tissue. But, if TAVR doesn't work out, she can explant it and surgically implant another valve with about the same risk. So, I guess it all comes down to how much recovery do I want to deal with. If I stay with the tissue valve option, and with God's grace, I may have to do this once again. I've read that they can do TAVR in TAVR at least twice.. decisions, decisions...
You know you're wired when...
You have a dymo-powered bike.
To tell you the truth I never even give it a second thought. While growing up it never stopped me from doing anything and to this day my girlfriend or my kids need to remind me that I have one!