Despite his aortic stenosis, Bob was always active, participating in baseball, swimming and other sports. His only restrictions were anaerobic activities like lifting weights and playing football. Bob got into rock climbing while participating in a program at his university.
In considering his options, one of Bob’s major concerns about mechanical heart valves was using anticoagulants, also known as blood thinners. He discovered there were many misconceptions or inaccuracies about anticoagulants. In particular, Bob said he was told that he would not be able to eat leafy greens or drink beer. This was another instance where his friendship with Jack proved to be helpful.
Bob has found his life after receiving the On-X AAP, On-X Ascending Aortic Prosthesis, is not much different.
Before heart valve surgery, Bob feared his life would be changed forever; that he would no longer have the ability to do the things he loved. But not long after surgery, he was increasingly hopeful and challenged himself to return to rock climbing.
“Since my heart surgery, one of the hardest things to do is find people who are willing to keep up with me all day and go rock climbing as much as I’d like to go.”