Annual cardiologist visit; also, he is retiring. He tells me my EKG is unchanged since 2015, which is good. I asked about how long before next aortic valve replacement, and he indicated no signs of degradation so something else will probably get me before I need a replacement. Also, he says the transarterial valve replacement (TAVR) procedure's mortality rate is falling faster than expected. This is done through the femoral artery, so no cutting you open. This sounds a lot more tolerable.