I’ll Never Be an Astronaut

I am one doctor sharing my personal experience with a bicuspid aortic valve and aortic stenosis. I was born in 1967 with a heart murmur, which was deemed not serious back then. At the age of 21, it was discovered that I had a bicuspid aortic valve. This condition affects 1% of the population and can lead to serious complications if not monitored. A bicuspid valve has only two flaps instead of three, which can cause the valve to wear out faster and restrict blood flow. The narrowing of the aorta and aortic dissection are potential risks. I recently underwent surgery to replace my aortic valve and am now on warfarin for life.


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