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Dear Doctor, I contracted infective endocarditis 18 years

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Dear Doctor,
I contracted infective endocarditis 18 years ago, I had my aortic valve replaced with a metal one, However, They could'nt stop the infection and ten weeks after the first operation I had to undergo the whole thing again at Harefield Hospital, where the metal valve was replaced with a tissue valve.
Two years ago the valve started to leak, The doctors at the Royal Free Hospital did'nt seem too concerned. ( I have to add here in 2006 I suffered a brain stem stroke ) However I made a very good recovery and I walk and work out ( I was a marathon runner ) the cardiologist where happy for me to attend the local gym etc.
I moved to somerset where the attitude of the doctors was entirely different telling they would not even consider further surgery, even though they did'nt have my records from the Free.
I am now back with the Royal Free and on the 13th I have an appointment with the cardiologist, If further surgery is not an option would it be possible for a TAVI to be considered or any other treatment.
Two years ago they found I had asbestos in lungs the experts at the free did all relevant testing told me not worry and discharged me.
I am obviously worried, But, I dont want to attend cardiology on the 13th not appearing to understand the gravity of situation ( I do ) I did'nt want to type you a novel just to give you the facts,
I would be very grateful for any advice you can give me on this matter, Thank you for being there, I had no Idea I could ask anyone, Thanks Patrick.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this question Patrick

If you are healthy then absolutely something needs to be done if this valve fails.

A TAVR is a very good option.

This is likely what would be done in most cases.

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