At a routine doctor appointment, my doc said he heard a heart murmur and wanted to check it out. I told him when I was a kid, I recall my pediatrician telling my mom I had a murmur but it was common and nothing of concern. My doc said he wanted to check it out so he orders an echocardiogram. Four days after the test, his office calls me and told me they made a consultation appointment for me with a cardiologist the following week. WTF?! i'm only in my 30s and feel fine fer crissakes!!! I go to the cardio and he tells me I have aortic valve insufficiency and will probably need open heart surgery to replace it. HOLYPHUKINSHIT! So he orders a more intense echo from the inside out where I have to swallow a probe while numb and high so they get an inside-out look at the valves (that's Friday). Following that, a cardiac cath where they jam a hose into my leg and run cable into my heart to drop some dye in it. That's if the first test is inconclusive. This f$%kin sucks. I asked him where he got his degree, because he didn't notice I was still too young for this horsesh!t. He said, "Too young? You were born with this, sucka." So that's my fun news. Now I'm left with some major decisions. Do I push for a stinken pig or dead-guy valve that will wear out in 5-10 years, or do I push for a mechanical valve made from Legos that turns me into a human ticking watch (yes, you can hear them, I guess) and have to take blood thinning drugs for the REST OF MY
LIFE! Oh, but the mech valve apparently lasts forever barring spontanious failure where I'd drop dead on the spot or better yet complications from the blood thinner where I could take a baseball to the head and my body drains of all its blood in 4.6 seconds. Hmmm, even more pressing, do I elect to have the surgery this fall and miss all the good bass fishing when they go into their winter fattening-up feeding frenzy or during the winter to miss 8 weeks of bowling (the only thing in my life that I'm actually halfway decent at)? Anyway, has anyone of you known anyone that has had this (preferable a story of someone still living)? Any experienced insight is appreciated for a freaked-out me.