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    Murmur after surgery

    It's going to be echos (TTE) that are going to be an indicator of how your valve is doing. The murmurs heard from a stethescope is somewhat subjective. I had mitral valve repair 10 years ago at the age of 47 by a world reknown surgeon myself. I still have mild to mod regurg even after a bout...
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    Endocarditis

    It’s the new normal.
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    Endocarditis

    Well the key is getting a good culture without having antibiotics in the system. So you caught it in time. I went about 6-7 weeks before getting a positive blood culture. Kind of hard when you're trying to time it between antibiotics which was my problem. They did a TEE to determine the...
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    Endocarditis

    Sorry I'm a little late with this mecretired. I had my endocarditis event 5 years ago. For a period of 6 weeks, run a fever, take oral antibiotics, finish antibiotics fever returns, get blood culture but a took antibiotic and skewed results, after second or most likely 3rd blood culture weeks...
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    Happy to see you back Harriet! You've been through a lot over the years.
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    So far, so good – Part Three

    Welcome back Seaton. Just read your full report.
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    A tale of Endocarditas and valve replacement.

    I had my endocarditis event 5 years ago. For a period of 6 weeks, run a fever, take oral antibiotics, finish antibiotics fever returns, get blood culture but a took antibiotic and skewed results, after second blood culture weeks later, infection confirmed 12 mm vegetation. Admitted to hospital...
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    Surgery date

    Good luck Seaton. The 22nd is my birthday!
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    10 year Anniversary MV repair & 5 year Anniversary Bacterial Endocarditis

    Seems like yesterday. At this point in time, I have stable mild/moderate regurgitation and some MV leaf thickening partly due to the endocarditis it is thought. Totally unrelated, I have a low grade prostate cancer diagnosis and am currently following an Active Surveillance protocol for the...
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    MItral Valve Repair

    I'm hitting the 10 year mark in June. It's outlived the dishwasher we purchased several months later.
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    The End of an Era and a New Beginning

    Thanks for your endless time and resources on this.
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    Endocarditis

    I had IE back in 2014 but the valve was not damaged. Unfortunately, a piece of vegetation shot to my right leg and I needed an emergency arterial thombectomy and 3 compartment fasciotomy. I'm good, but yes you need to be cognizant of fevers. I'd get chummy with a good ID doctor. Mine is still on...
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    Anxious About Mitral Valve Replacement.

    I had a mitral valve repair 9 years ago. First surgery ever. It was done robotically. The leaking is why you need the surgery. Calcification could be why a replace instead of just a repair. You will do great. It really wasn’t as bad as it sounds.
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    Follow up visits with cardiologist

    For the first 5 years after surgery, minimum once a year and sometimes twice a year, Since endocarditis in 2014, twice a year, one for echo and the other to update and chat. I can't imagine not going.
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    3 Month Follow-Up / Pleural Effusion

    My pleural effusion came about around 8 weeks after surgery. I was told during the pre surgery period that pleural effusion occurs in approximately 20% of all heart surgeries. Yes it can start months later. Mine was minimal and I was given a steriod pack. It did go away.
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