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Living with a heart condition: Aortic stenosis
I am new to community discussion board but very pleased my magazine dropped through my door and told me about it.
I went to the doctor last week, following two dizzy spells, expecting to be told it was an ear infection or virus. However, he listened to my chest and told me that I have aortic stenosis and need a new heart valve! I am so scared. This has come out of the blue and I have recently lost a dear friend from a sudden fatal heart attack at the age of 45, which doesn't help. I am 56, female, and my dad had heart disease for many years. I don't smoke or drink and am not overweight and I exercise and eat healthily. I am awaiting an echo scan and blood tests but in the meantime I am scared to do anything! My doctor just told me carry on as normal, but he didn't ask what my 'normal' was! I work three days a week which involves driving and heavy lifting on occasions. I also look after my baby grandson two days a week and am now worried something will happen to me when he is in my care. I do aerobics and circuit training and don't know whether to continue with this or not. Also, should I take asprin? I am on statins. So many questions!! I suppose once I am diagnosed I will have a clearer picture of what will happen next but it is this waiting period. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you. Sue St.