Hello, I've known about my aortic stenosis for years and have Echo's done on a yearly basis. I'm a 53 year old woman with fibro also.
I recently had a heart cath done and the Cardio doc said I needed 2 bypasses and a valve replacement.
The surgeon came in and said the bypasses wouldn't work (they're 50%) because there was still too much blood going thru them. He said my stenosis was severe, but not critical.
I asked him how they measured the valve as to critical or severe. He said anying under 1 was critical. 1 and above is severe. Mine was ( according to 2 different tests ) 1 and 1.1.
I have shortness of breath, ankle swelling, chest pain, fatigue.
The Cardio doc didn't put stents in because ( he told me this before the cath too ) he felt like I needed the valve replacement and the surgeon could do it all at once.
So, as a result, I had nothing done. Anyone with suggestions or comments?