In my follow-up immediately with my heart specialist, he gave me shocking information. I’ve gentle to average regurgitation in my alternative coronary heart valve, as measured in an echocardiogram. It’s not the valve itself that’s leaking, it’s across the edges the place the liner was sewn to the aortic wall. My doc says this typically occurs shortly after surgical procedure however is uncommon this late (5 years+ post-op). He needs me to get a bacterial tradition to verify I don’t have any an infection, which may injury the valve or surrounding tissue. Due to the potential of such an infection, I’ve needed to take antibiotics as a precaution every time I’ve any form of process accomplished, together with dental cleansing. He requested if I had any latest recognized infections and I discussed my UTI final fall. It’s attainable a few of these micro organism made it to the guts and did some injury.
It’s most likely OK so long as there aren’t any lively unhealthy micro organism operating round in me now, and nothing else occurs to make it progress. I’m asymptomatic and my coronary heart sounds fantastic with a stethoscope so I’m not apprehensive. If worse involves worst I’d must get it mounted, which might be a a lot much less invasive surgical procedure than final time.
We’ll do the bacterial checks after which observe up in a few months to see what’s subsequent.