For Concerned Blippers

InnerRythm & Hawknoise

Thanks for the concern.

I’m just spelling this out here, because explaining stuff over blips is too difficult. I was diagnosed with a heart murmur when I was 25. I just turned 48.

The murmur was later diagnosed as aortic insufficiency. It’s not an uncommon condition. Aaron Boone or the NY Yankees had an aortic valve replaced. It means I have a heart valve that leaks, and it’s the valve that controls blood leaving the left ventricle. The left ventricle pumps blood back to the entire body.

In short, the leak allows blood to backtrack into the heart, putting extra pressure on the left ventricle (the chamber). The heart has to compensate and work a little harder to keep the blood flowing through the body. Over time, the chamber starts to expand and get tired. Over time it doesn’t pump as efficiently. That’s the point I’m at.

At the same time, I don’t have symptoms of heart disease. I don’t get dizzy. I don’t have shortness of breath, and I don’t get chest pains. I lead a rather normal life. I work in the yard, and go for walks. I went for a short kayak trip just recently.

It’s not a matter of do I need surgery. It’s a matter of when. The way my cardiologist was talking, I thought I would be having surgery this summer 2013. As of this writing, my dr’s believe I can hold off.

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