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    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    My Edwards Bovine valve is 4 years old. It is good to hear that many are much over 10 years old. I have echo every 6 months. Not sure why so often since I am told everything is "perfect"
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    Ascending aortic aneurysm - questions and concerns

    I had Edwards bovine tissue valve. I have no idea what kind of implant. I have been having an echo every six months. I am told that everything is good with very good ejection fraction which has not decreased. Your cardiologist also did repeat ct at year 3. Hopefully this won't come up again...
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    Ascending aortic aneurysm - questions and concerns

    Had AVR for stenosis and bicuspid valve with ascending aorta aneurysm repair 4 years ago. I have been seeing cardiologist every six months and having an echo. Everything good. Two years ago I was asked to have a follow up CT scan for the aneurysm repair saying it was routine. I hesitated...
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    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    I have posted on this thread several times so this is follow up. As several others I started with severe migraines with aura at about age 14. Morphed in to ocular migraines at about age 25. Had them about every 3 to six months. Were not much more than a nuisance. Lasted every only 20...
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    Vision Disturbances and Migraines

    I am always interested in posts on this subject. Have posted on other threads related to this. AVR with bovine valve 4 years ago. Life long history of ocular migraines every two to four months. Post op almost every day. This has been the only problem related to my surgery and recovery...
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    Bisoprolol. Any fellow takers/sufferers ?

    I was on bisoprolol 10mg for several years before surgery for aortic aneurysm and AS. It decreases the rate of rise of blood pressure with each heart beat. Cardiologist picked this beta blocker because "it came in many strengths and was easier to adjust dosage". I never had any side effects...
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    statins and bioprosthetic valves

    I have an Edwards Bovine valve placed 4 years ago for bicuspid aortic valve with severe stenosis, and aneurysm of ascending aorta. About a year after surgery my cardiologist put me on statin, saying that there was evidence that statin would make valve last longer. Research on line did say...
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    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    follow up on my ocular migraines. 4 years post op. Initially averaged about one every day or two. Now down to one every eight or nine days. I do not feel well for a day afterwards. I guess the brain fog thing. I have tried many dietary manipulations (eliminating alcohol, wine, nuts, cheese...
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    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    The last episode I had, I was sitting in living room drinking large glass of water about 30 min after a five mile bike ride on the beach and it was very hot. I just closed my eyes and fell asleep. Slept short time and when I awoke aura was gone and I felt ok. Unfortunately most of the time I...
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    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    I have cut way back on exercise because of ocular migraines. I don't feel well after them. Others have mentioned brain fog which I had never heard of and I think that is what I get. I have not noticed any decrease in frequency since stopping all exercise. Still get them about once a week. I...
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    Vision Disturbances and Migraines

    have posted my experience with optical migraines previously. I was interested in post quoting neuro-ophthalmologist said about time on bypass. I asked my surgeon post op and he said it didn't make any difference and didn't tell me time on bypass. Two theories that I have heard are increased...
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    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    each mile in 15 minutes, not total five miles in 15 minutes, sorry that as poor wording. I have no references for either the way tissue valves wear out or whether they last longer in less active patients. I will look. Probably you are right in that it was assumed that since valve lasts longer...
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    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    I too was very active before my surgery. I had been walking 5 miles in less than 15 minutes or riding a bike 20 miles every day. Because of frequent migraines that occur during exercise I have cut way back on my exercise. I too have read that valves last longer in people who are less active...
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