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   Posted 1/22/2013 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,Have read  many of your threads and feel in similar company.Long term Reiters Syndrome carrying HLAB27.Possible cause sandfly bites causing ulceration,uveitis,ankylosing spondylitis at age 19. At age 43 had AVR replacement with porcine valve.In AF and on Warfarin which defeated the purpose of the pig skin valve.
fitted with pacemaker 2004.Currently on Atenolol 25mg daily. A recent echo showed my ascending aorta at 4.6 and will follow up with CT scan this week.My pigskin valve is now 12 years old but apparently well seated and functioning normally.My concern is that if I require repairs on AC would they replace my AV at the same time as it is ageing although well. Have an Appointment with Thoracic Surgeon Feb 11 as i live in a remote area of Australia with only a GP.Your opinions and experience would be appreciated as i am struggling a bit with this one. Forgot to mention that i am a 55year male.
                   Thanks and all the best Penno.

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   Posted 1/22/2013 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I would def request the valve replacement at the same time. I can't imagine that they wouldn't go ahead and replace.

I just had my aortic valve replaced in May (bovine) and also have a dilated ascending aorta, but I had my valve replaced while having endocarditis so they couldn't repair the aorta at the time. However, the plan prior to the infection was always to do both surgeries together. Our hope is my aorta won't dilate anymore (currently 3.9 cm) before the valve craps out again and I'll do both surgeries together next time.

Good luck!

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   Posted 1/22/2013 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Will find out more after CT today and Thoracic surgeon soon. Good luck also.

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   Posted 1/25/2013 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am Kitt and I hope you will share with us what your CT scan results are as well as what your surgeon suggests.
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   Posted 1/25/2013 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm last year. Pretty sure it was 4.5. It's time for me to go back which I am grateful for as I have been having some discomfort in my chest, but nothing major enough to send me to the ER. Has anyone else had any chest discomfort at any time?
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