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    Is it safe to jump rope

    Funny. Why didn't you take it out of the box? I started using the original gravity boots around 1981. Then got the more current version that you lay on, probably 10 years ago. Great for abdominal conditioning and lower back issues. Now I wonder if this activity somehow contributed to my...
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    Is it safe to jump rope

    Sorry, I haven't jumped rope in years. It is very aerobic and should be fine. I imagine you'd see a very high HR real quick.. How about inversion exercise? That's hanging upside down from your ankles for those unaware. I was nervous at first re-starting the activity after surgery. It's great...
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    CryoLife On-X INR Claims

    Agreed. I also do not have much trust in the FDA. Have seen this trend with too much coziness and links between Pharma execs & Congress with the FDA. It has been going on for over 30 years and just getting worse. I do not trust the PROACT Xa trial with Apixaban (Eliquis) either. I declined...
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    Covid Vaccines

    Funny, I used to live in Chester County. Then to the other side of the State in Beaver, now Westmoreland County.
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    Incision on chest not healed completely.

    Hey Amy. Sorry to hear. The tell tale sign to me are the mentioned aches, pains, burning, itching symptoms. In my opinion you should be past that stage. To me that sounds like an internal infection. I suggest you keep your appointments and get this resolved quickly. The medical professionals...
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    countdown to cleveland

    As far as sticking around Cleveland after discharge. You stated a 5 hr drive. That's really not that far. I had about a 3.5 hr drive and left at noon after discharge. Stopped halfway at a Costco, for a break and walked around. It was February and very cold. So, I'd say you could easily go...
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    countdown to cleveland

    Welcome to the club. Good preparation. I think the toughest part is that you are scheduled so far out. When I had mine done this past February, I called the scheduling nurse (at CC) and was able to get in 2 weeks later with Dr. Svensson. It was shockingly quick, but I was glad to just get it...
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    Covid Vaccines

    Florida is really screwed up. In many ways now. Used to be a nice place to go. I think I'll pick alternatives in the future.
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    Shelf life of Coumadin?

    The expiration date should be on the bottle. Coming from Pharma, I know that expiration dating is based upon stability and accelerated stability testing to show 100% potentcy at expiration. The normal standard is 2 years from mft date. Although it is highly likely, if stored properly, can be...
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    Adventure activities after OHS?

    5 months since AVR surgery and since that I've done: off-road ATV riding, bike trails, stand up paddle boarding, kayak on lakes and rivers, hiking, weight training, elliptical, and camping. Also several vehicle oil changes, changing out auto wheel bearings, tire rotations, and more...
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    Cleveland Clinic Questions

    Excellent news. Glad to hear. Enjoy the accommodations. Did you have a full or mini sternotomy?
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    Remote INR taking over Coaguchek

    Nice. I wish we had that law in PA because I got hit with the same BS with my passing out event this past December, the start of my road to second surgery. Went to the ER (on a Sunday night) for pretty bad open bleeding facial wounds and they said that they were an In-Network facility. Turned...
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    Cleveland Clinic Questions

    Good luck! You're in great hands! Suggestion; if they did the cath in your right wrist, before surgery, request that the anesthesiologist go in thru your left hand. I had a swollen painful right wrist after surgery due to both procedures too close to each other.
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    Incision on chest not healed completely.

    Hello Amy. Sorry to hear. Definitely not normal. Should have healed many weeks ago. Unless you want that large scar at the bottom, I suggest that you consult with a plastic surgeon. My opinion is it (the skin) needs to be reopened, middle removed, and edges sealed together to allow for a nice...
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    Aortic Valve Choices

    Thanks. I had full sternotomy OHS in February. Got an On-X valve, chosen by my surgeon. Comparing surgeries, the full sternotomy had less overall issues than the mini I had in 2013, by the same surgeon. Based on my experience, I recommend full over mini. And you leave with a much cooler...
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