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Friday, September 17, 2010

Off to See the Wizard

Jacob and I are off today to see his Pediatric Cardiologist for his yearly appointment. Jacob was born with a heart murmur and after several tests he was found to have a bicuspid aortic valve. A bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a defect of the aortic valve that results in the formation of two leaflets or cusps instead of the normal three. This is something that needs to be monitored to make sure it is not thickening or changing for the worse.

He could live his whole life with this condition and be just fine. Or when he is much older he could require heart surgery to repair the valve. Either way, even with this condition he is a healthy little guy with no side effects. It is one of those "watch and wait" type of things. As a matter of fact, many people have a heart murmur and are walking around with this very issue not even knowing they have it.

Today we will be meeting with the Cardiologist and doing the regular tests of an EKG, sonogram, and possibly another x-ray of his heart. Sine he is rarely sans little brother and big sister he will be treated to lunch out with mom afterwards. Here's hoping that everything is looking good on the tests this year...


  1. I also have a bicuspid aortic valve. When I was younger I passed out a few times and in tests to see what was wrong it was discovered. My father also has it. He had his valve replaced in 2002 with a mechanial valve. He has smoked most of his life and they said that was a big factor in the matter. Just so you know we are both completely healthy and my father was 50 when he had his replaced. Good luck with the tests, it will be fine. I will be thinking of you.



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