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    FDA approves TAVR for more than high risk patients

    from the link: At an average of 15-17 months follow-up, the results of both studies suggested intervention with TAVR was just as successful as intervention with open-heart surgery, proving the safety and efficacy of the less-invasive approach. Don't we already know that TAVR is ok for...
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    If at first you don’t succeed ...

    Good luck sir!
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    2nd AVR

    Hi Jill, I've had two AVRs, first when i was twenty, and second about 20 years later (getting close to 20 months ago). I'm on my third life, I guess, in a way. Personally, I perceive a longer recovery the second time, but I'll attribute this more to age than reopening... Given the limited...
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    Post-op Beer

    Was about a month after the 2nd OHS before consuming alcohol from my side. Warfarin addict here, so I've heard the two beverage limit as well. Seems I'm a little sensitive if I somehow have one or two more than that, well, it appears to show up in INR readings - seems alcohol enhances...
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    thehoffr- I have same treatment as you, knocking as you indicate can be rather bothersome. I find fan required for sleep, and lying on right side gives less 'bang' compared to on back or left side. I've been playing percussion for a little more than year and a half (drums with a little symbol...
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    Questions re: progression of ascending aortic aneurysm

    Ross Procedure: 1998, AVR+AAR: 2017 (ON-X + graft). My echo numbers on Aortic Root were also 40-43 mm over a number of years, ascending measurement showed up at some point at 50 mm :(. After latest OHS, surgeon recommended NO pushups, due to spike in blood pressure during these types of...
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    AVR #2 Update (Hockey Heart)

    From my understanding there are wires in both cases (wires used to stabilize while plates are screwed in). Never had any issue or discomfort with wires 1st time around, even during sandlot tackle football. I think I have three plates, but can only notice one of them ('X' shaped), usually when...
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    Questions for surgeons on 5.0 cm ascending aorta?

    metropolol? Enjoying the nightly motion picture features? Fantastically creative dreams abound? I had similar attitudes between cardio and surgeon. Interesting case for the cardio, and 'this isn't urgent' from the surgeon. But when you are the waiting room (figuratively) stress abounds. I...
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    AVR #2 Update (Hockey Heart)

    Being in Chicago, I would look into Cleveland (or Mayo). 5-6 hour drive is not trivial, neither is a redo. It is not just the surgeon, but the entire crew inside and after the OP. PreOP is different than main stage and after, but similar culture likely exists among these three regimes. Plates...
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    Avr #2

    might not be too far off the mark there... One of the docs received his MD in 1980.
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    Avr #2

    Had 1st AVR @ 20, 2nd AVR twenty years later (~1 ago - clicky-clacky). Will 'echo' what Pellicle indicated. Am also a warfarin addict. Not a big deal. TAVR is unreasonable given available information . Maybe surgeon wishes to add risk and certainty of redo in <10 years. I would find 2nd...
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    FDA approves a new Biopolymer Heart Valve trial by Foldax

    Seems like there will likely be a number of new options coming along:
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    FDA approves a new Biopolymer Heart Valve trial by Foldax appears fairly robust after ~ 7 years! Something to watch with time on this topic: associated granted US patents: US9539089 US9301837 Wow!
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    56 and asymptomatic and in shock!

    Body has amazing ability to compensate for abnormalities. These tend to progress slowly to a point, so body compensates, and if you feel off, often attribute changes to aging. Sitting in waiting room for a few weeks before surgery is not easiest time. I find it easier to get it done with and...
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    4 weeks post-op and have some questions about what I'm experiencing

    Similar, heartbeat like a hummingbird... Yup, takes awhile to regain endurance. No idea, no AFIB here... had 2nd try little more than year ago. When sitting around, was eager to get mentally active (back to work), then when first back, realized how off normal I was. Seems so. Looks like he's...