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My Aortic valve is leaking badly
Treatment for Bisucspid Aortic Valve (BAV) depends on whether your heart is tolerating your condition. Since you were born with BAV your heart
has done pretty well.
However, it seems that you have now developed new symptoms that may indicate your heart is starting to fail. If true, it is caused by a mechanical failure of your valve and Linus Paulding, Vit. C or any other medication will not be able to protect you. You will need an operation! As you are in good condition, your prognosis is excellent.
Patients like you often live for many years without the need for any procedure, but once the valve incompetence causes your heart to start failing it is time to fix it. Any further waiting only damages your heart more and worsens your outlook.
Next, you and your doctors will need to decide what needs to be done. BAV is occasionally associated with an enlarged aorta which also would need to be repaired. Next, you need a recommendation about repair vs. replacement. Surgeons who have specialized in this type of procedure nowadays prefer a repair if at all possible, which would eliminate the need for anti-coagulation to keep your blood thinned with a drug like Coumadin.This is probably the route I would recommend to you.
A decision about a potentially dangerous procedure always needs to be weighed against the alternatives. In your case there is none: Once your heart begins to fail, an active lifestyle and long term survival is no longer possible without surgery. Contrary to that, with a successful procedure, you probably will be able to live out your life like a "normal" person.
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Hope this helps,
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