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    Younger aortic valve replacement patient experience

    I was in a similar position as your son. I had my first valve replaced at 22 right after college graduation with a tissue valve. 5 1/2 years later I needed it replaced. I choose to go with the mechanical valve. I have an 8 year old daughter and gave up having more children getting the mechanical...
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    Potentially need another surgery; Mayo Clinic

    i have a 21mm st. Jude's mechanical valve
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    Potentially need another surgery; Mayo Clinic

    Hi. It's been awhile since I've been on the site and have posted. I'm 3 years post op for a mechanical AVR. Since probably November/December I've been getting chest pains and short of breath. I saw my cardiologist in December and she ordered an echo and stress test. I had the echo done and it...
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    Some "How long did it take you? Questions

    Hi I'm glad your surgery went well. I had my second AVR on January 17,2013 with a mechanical valve. At about 6-7 weeks post op I could sleep on my side pretty comfortably but I used pillows to help and not until about 9 weeks could I tolerate sleeping on my stomach and even now I still have some...
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    3 months post this past Friday, Feb 15th.

    Danielb just curious but why were your sternal wires removed. I've had 2 ohs and have never heard of this. Thanks always looking for new information.
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    post surgical complications and feelings (some may find images disturbing)

    Hi I'm so sorry you are going through this. I am curious though did the swelling at the manubrium start slowly and progress or was it you woke up one morning and it was swollen to what the picture shows? Also did you have any other signs and symptoms? I have a small lump near the end of my...
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    mechanical valve and testing

    Hi I have a st.judges mechanical valve and was wondering of there is any testing I can't have done. I know a ct scan is okay and x-ray but what about mri ,pet scan etc. If anyone can help or give me direction on where to find the information. My temporary ID card is confusing and I had a hard...
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    What type of jobs you guys got?

    Hi I'm only 27 and had my first surgery at 22 and chose a bovine valve. Approximately 4 weeks post op I started graduate classes while working as a certified athletic trainer. If your not sure what that is if you watch football I'm the person that runs on the field when player is hurt. This is...
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    3 weeks post op and have some sternal movement

    I also find that I need to do alittle here and there if I try to do to much like going to multiple stores or walking for 30 minutes with no breaks or standing a lot I get very tired and then end up sitting in the recliner for the rest of the day. When you lift to much or push pull reach more...
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    3 weeks post op and have some sternal movement

    Hi everyone. Things are going pretty well so far. I've been cleared for cardiac rehab start next week. I've have some tachycardia episodes but nothing to bad incision looks good and no swelling. So nice to not be short of breath when walking orc,imbing stairs. Only issue is popping sensation and...
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    4 days post op

    I just wanted to let everyone know I made it to the other side. I've had some hiccups with recovery low blood pressure which kept me in cardiac ICU overnight low potassium and initially my heparin drip didn't touch my PTT. Now I'm on the reguikar cardiac floor and my PTT is coming up and maybe...
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    Finally on the other side!

    So glad that everything went well for you. I hope your recovery is uneventful and stress free. :D
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    Less then a week until surgery and still unsure about tissue or mechanical.

    I want to thank you all for your advice, words of wisdom and experiences. This has been a rough month and I'm so thankful for this group and the information that has been provided. I always felt so alone and as though no one understood and i come to find out theres so many more people out there...
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    Less then a week until surgery and still unsure about tissue or mechanical.

    Surgery is Thursday the 17 and I'm freaking out a bit. I was fine before my first surgery but for some reason this time I'm a basket case. I still haven't decided between a tissue valve or mechanical valve. I'm so afraid that I'm going to regret my decision. Whatever I choose. Any advice is...
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    Having second OHS AVR and new to group

    Jim, i'm worried about the 6-8 weeks recovery where i was told i can't pick her up and snuggle because of the healing breastbone. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well with your mechanical valve, and that the coumidin doesn't stop you from living your life. Sara