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    Staying the Course -- Autumn At Last!

    Sorry to hear about your wife's fall and the messy family situation with not being able to see your grandkids. Wishing her a speedy recovery and a quick resolution to the family issue and a prayer that those who have issues with one another can have empathy for other family members and not cause...
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    Staying the Course -- Autumn At Last!

    This is certainly true for some things. Sumo wrestling comes to mind 🤣
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    I guess I'm going to have to disagree here. The title of this thread is "Mechanical vs tissue- need help deciding". So, clearly the original poster was seeking to have a discussion on the topic and others come to this thread seeking to participate in the ongoing discussion. It seems that the...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    It is definitely an individual choice. Some may feel that life is just a gamble and that they should go with whatever valve feels right and then hope that they are a statistical outlier, one of the lucky gamblers who get 15+ years from a tissue valve even if they are young. Others prefer to look...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Welcome to the forum Redone! We have a lot in common. Both born in 1967 and both physically active. I had my aortic valve replacement 6 months ago, so I can relate to what you are facing with concerns about the surgery and the issues around valve choice. I think the best strategy is to just...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Excellent demo video! That was a big drop- I'll have to try the tourniquet method. I'd had to toss a few strips because my drop was too small.
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Hi. I'm curious why you find INR testing a real pain? I self monitor once per week and it is super easy. Bought a used Coaguchek xs for about $230 and test strips can be bought on Ebay that average to about $6 per strip. I find it relatively easy to stay in range and testing takes about 2...
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    Staying the Course -- "On the Road Again"

    Congratulations on your 9 year anniversary Martin! Yes, here is S. Cal, the weather has cooled and has been very nice for the past week or so.
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    This was a key reason why I changed my mind about valve type. As you know, I was originally planning to go tissue, but then switched to mechanical. I kept thinking how difficult it is to get those echos every 6 months and to always get bad news- things have become a little (or a lot) worse. If I...
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    Tomorrow Is The Big Day

    Good luck with your cataract surgery Caroline. I'm sure that it will be nice to have your vision restored.
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Just uploaded the other document. Thanks for the head up
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Thanks. Will upload the other when I get back to my PC
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Here are some publications by Pibarot et all regarding factors which have been shown to correlate with acceleration of bioprosthetic valve SVD - Structural Valve Deterioration. Dr. Pibarot is a cardiologist and researcher in Canada who has had many publications regarding valve disease.
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    My release documents from UCLA even referred to Coumadin as a blood thinner. You would think that they would know better
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    Aortic Valve Surgery on the Road Ahead

    That's great news Vp69! Best of luck with your surgery. Hoping that a repair is all that is needed. Please keep us posted.
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