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|Subject: Re: My medication and what it did||Date: 12/6/2012 2:30 PM|
|Author: JLC||Number: 658573 of 756952|
Is this what Arnold Swartzenager had surgery to correct?
I believe so. His was a congenital defect. Aortic valves normally have 3 leaflets. Some people have 2 leaflets. Makes them more prone to damage over time, thus start to leak.
When you get your valve replaced generally comes down to percent regurgitation/ejection fraction and if your heart is becoming dilated.
Good news though, you no longer have to get your chest cracked. They are now starting to use a transcatheter valve. They go in through your femoral artery (just like getting a heart cath or stent), then float a spring loaded device that then opens in place of your valve.
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