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  1. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    I don’t. I just need, as the title of the post makes clear, to know * why * we are often on both, so when a random doctor who, in other ways is untrustworthy, says to go off it, I can decide whether that’s really a good thing or not.
  2. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    Hmmm... @Chuck C , as you kindly posted, the 2014 guidelines seem to say aspirin should be taken along with warfarin for a mechanical valve, but the 2020 version is more vague and says individual decisions should be made based on each case. Am I reading that right? Wtf does that mean? ‘Trust...
  3. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    Hi Catwoman, Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts. I can understand that. What I’m trying to find out, as per the title of my post, is WHY one would need it; & if it is not advised, WHY that’s the case, and whether not taking aspirin would then increase one’s risk of say...
  4. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    But you have a mechanical valve & are on warfarin?...
  5. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    If you have any evidence for that statement, in the form of an academic paper, or otherwise, I’d love to have it; And thank you for your commiseration. Yes. He was an idiot. I didn’t even mention here the worst, most condescending things he said and did in my appointment.
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    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    @RAS What kind of ‘stroke-like symptoms’ did you have, if you don’t mind my asking?... like, couldn’t speak? Move something? Numbness somewhere? Didn’t anyone say, “we should’ve had you on aspirin from the start”? I guess they probably wouldn’t, at least not in the US.....
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    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    And if that weren’t bad enough, you have condescending doctors like mine who wouldn’t deign to explain to the patient why they insist on one particular way, even when their opinion goes against recent published research...
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    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    Hi @RAS, That’s interesting. Thank you for sharing your experience. I wish I knew whether cases like yours could/should be extrapolated so as to protect everyone with a mechanical heart valve, or not. Slogging through academic papers continues... Take care. Thank you again.
  9. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    I just re-listened to our conversation and he said: “Let’s stop the aspirin. You’ve been far out from the surgery. I don’t think that’s beneficial. This is a high-flow valve, and you’re on Warfarin... and no one generally takes aspirin. Your heart function is normal. This would be very unlikely...
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    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    This is already the fifth cardiologist I’ve tried in as many months. None of them really seem to give a ****. Or seems to know what they’re even doing. It’s... disheartening, to say it in a nice way..... but that’s just the way it is. I don’t know how to find a decent one. I’ve tried letting my...
  11. Amy

    Why both Warfarin AND aspirin?

    Hello all. I’m 5 months post-op with a mechanical St Jude AVR. My incision finally closed up enough to get an echo done today, and the new cardiologist I saw afterwards advised me to stop taking the daily 81 mg of aspirin. Meanwhile my surgeon has said I need to take it for the rest of my life...
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    9 years post op, bio AVR, now with mild deterioration - question for the other ladies here

    Hi Katerina, have the pains you wrote of gone away? Or do you just get used to it? Did you ever find a nice tight-fitting body suit? I’ve been having similar pains at 4 1/2 months post op and am wondering if something like that wouldn’t be helpful... I don’t want to add paracetamol to my...
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    6 months post op still struggling

    Hey Jamison, how ya been doing? Hope your recovery is going easier.
  14. Amy

    I can't get no sleep

    Couple more non-pharmaceutical ideas, though that rain on a tent is brilliant. 1. go over your whole day in your mind, what you all did. Before you reach the present moment you should be asleep. 2. Without manipulating them, count your breaths, in — out — 1..... in — out — 2.... and by 10 you...
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    Incision on chest not healed completely.

    Tell me about your infection experience! It’s been over a week since stopping Cephalexin and I’ve been waiting and hoping and so far the incision/wound hasn’t opened again, thank goodness, despite a small scab having formed over where it had opened before. I managed to get an appointment with...
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