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  1. FredW

    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    Four years on Trifecta tissue valve. Now 76 years old. Echo every year, 6 mo cardiologist checkup. Had a stent put in three months ago. Doing fine now.
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    Staying the Course -- April 6, 2020

    How we spent our stimulus check: PT Lumber, screws, hinges $905.49 Fence $413.35 more screws, hinges, gate latch $63.19 Amish labor $270.00 Child labor $30.00 Excavator- 19 post holes dug $510.00 Truck gas to pick up goods $24.00 My time - 30 hours: planning, working (exercise)...
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    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    This is an humorous update to my earlier post about my heart symptoms. It took a number of days to get my test results to my cardiologist, and he said I should have a catheterization test. I had it done at Shadyside hospital in the Pittsburgh area. My kids were anxious about what was going...
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    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Thanks, Superbob for starting this thread again. Duffy, I can imagine what you are going through now. Just know that I, and I suspect many others on this forum, are sending you good vibes and best wishes. We are here to listen, talk to, or do whatever we can to ease these hard times...
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    Doxy and Blood Pressure

    Our experience says it tools many days for the affect to ware off.
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    COVID-19 - How are you spending your time?

    With our pottery studio closed, I can finally do some Shino glaze gas firing experiments that I always wanted to do. These pictures are the prep work. I’m doing the firing today - 10 hour process.
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    Doxy and Blood Pressure

    My wife had a BP spike due to medication. Her case was a cortisone shot. I would think you have correctly identified the cause.
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    Staying the Course -- 12/02/2019

    I’m here, reading, lurking, being silent. Abe Lincoln had a saying that sticks with me: “It best to sit and remain silent, and be thought a fool, than stand up and speak, and remove all doubt.” So I sit and remain silent.
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    Staying the Course -- 11/18/2019

    Hi, my Valve Replacement friends. It's been a while since I stopped by. It's nice to get caught up with everyone. I find the discussion of which valve we have interesting, not so much as to the specific valves, but rather the knowledge we have before surgery versus after surgery. For...
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    High Heart Rate - Then Normal

    @rich01 - If your data is accurate and the variation does not match anything you are doing physically, then you need to present this data to your doctor. You did share how you monitored this data nor what activity you were doing at times of change. In the past, I monitored my BP and heart...
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    Staying the Course -- 10/14/19

    Nice to hear you are back home, SuperBob. I hope you and the wife have good healing times.
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    Why I am here

    Well said, LL. We do have a tendency to focus on what is said and ignore what is not said. Pellicle, I like your comment: “There are many things I would not have found out about by staying in my shell.” The shell is comfortable, but knowledge is most always outside of it.
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    Staying the Course -- 10/01/2019

    Since I recently turned 76, I thought I would provide a brief update. Basically, I feel better today than I have in 10 years. You may recall that I had surgery in 2016 to replace my stenosis Aortic valve with a tissue valve made by St. Jude, model TFGT-25A. The surgeon also did one bypass...
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    Staying the Course -- 10/01/2019

    Thank you, Duffy. That is observant and kind of you.
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    Staying the Course -- September the Fuzzy Week 2019

    Best of healing times, Superbob. Nice to see you back.