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  1. Lionheart

    Book Review: Open Heart: The radical surgeons who revolutionized medicine, D. Cooper

    Hey Gang, I just finished a book about the recent history and evolution of heart surgery as told mostly from interviews of prominent heart surgeons. The book chronicles heart surgery starting with basic procedures that were done before the advent of the heart-lung (by-pass) machine and...
  2. Lionheart

    Is this your cat at Christmas?

    This is my cat. Simon's Cat John
  3. Lionheart

    Veteran's Day- Remembrance Day

    To all retired and active veterans. Thank you for your service.:thumbup: John
  4. Lionheart

    New study on lower therapeutic INR target levels

    Reduced anticoagulation seen safe for aortic valve replacement patients The link has a summary of a recent, small study that showed that an INR target lower than the current recommendation reduced the risk of bleeding events without...
  5. Lionheart

    Entering my terrible twos (2s)

    Today was my second valversary so I'm entering my terrible twos. From what I can tell they may not be that bad. The new valve is working great, I have good energy, and no odd feelings or symptoms. In fact, I really don't sense anything is different than normal. Some day I would like to...
  6. Lionheart

    Fun at the Mayo Clinic

    I imagine many of you have seen this but it is new to me and I thought some of you would get a kick out of it. Fran & Marlo Cowan (married 62 years) playing impromptu recital together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic. He turned 90 in February. The song is Old Grey Bonnet RI-l0tK8Ok0 For...
  7. Lionheart

    Happy Boxing Day

    Happy Boxing Day to our friends in the UK, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, and wherever else you may celebrate. I hear this is a big shopping day for Canada. Stay warm, well fed, and enjoy your family and friends. Hopefully you will have Monday off from work. John
  8. Lionheart

    New Valve with replaceable leaflets

    There is a new two-piece valve under development that allows for removal and replacement of the bioprosthetic leaflets as they wear out. The valve is surgically implanted and contains a "docking station" that is sewn in as normal and after many years when the bovine leaflets calcify they can be...
  9. Lionheart

    1st valversary

    Hey all, A year ago this morning I had a life transforming valve replacement. Luckily a few months before OHS I found and lurked around this site. It continues to educate me. Thanks to each of you for helping me before, during, and after. I cherish you all. I am doing great. I have no...
  10. Lionheart

    WebCast-Aortic surgery tomorrow Nov 6-2008

    I run an ongoing Google news search for "aortic valve" and they sent me notice that you can watch OR-Live while surgeons from University Hospitals Case Medical Center perform an Aortic Root Replacement with replacement of the ascending aorta and hemi-arch under circulatory arrest...
  11. Lionheart

    Good Article~Management of Asymptomatic Severe AS

    I just saw this article with Recommendations to cardiologists about aortic stenosis (AS). Some of you might find it interesting because it summarizes a bunch of stuff about AS including: --the frequency of AS in the population --rate of AS progression --diagnosis of AS --measurements that...
  12. Lionheart

    How do I find threads that I have replied to?

    :confused::confused: Sometimes I forget what threats I answer. Can I use the user Control Panel to find threads that I respond to? Thanks much, John
  13. Lionheart

    6 month valversary- Thanks

    Woo Hoo! Today is the 6 month anniversary of my AVR. I'm doing really great and I wanted to thank my VR family. Thanks for being there when I was seeking knowledge and experience after I first heard that "it's time" for a new valve about a year ago. Thanks for helping me be an informed and...
  14. Lionheart

    New UCLA program for Acute Aortic Syndrome (AAS)

    I just saw this Press Release from UCLA about a new medical student organization that promotes Public Awareness of Acute Aortic Syndrome (AAS). It appears that the focus is to get medical professionals to be aware of the symptoms that patients present due to abnormalities to the Aorta including...
  15. Lionheart

    Ablation for A-flutter only 6 weeks post op?

    Hi all, I have been in A-fib which shifted to A-flutter for the last 14 days. Resting heart rate is about 105. Mild activity makes me winded and sometimes short of breath. I feel great from my surgery otherwise and everyone says A-fib is a common bump that will pass, but the A-fib/flutter has...
  16. Lionheart

    Need Help understanding INR and bleeding events

    I'm trying to understand the bleeding complications from Warfarin and I'm confused about INR levels and bleeding events and would appreciate some help. On Warfarin is it possible to have spontaneous internal bleeding events or are all bleeding events due to some other underlying cause like...
  17. Lionheart

    LionHeart-Six days til AVR

    I’m scheduled for aortic valve replacement next Tuesday March 4th, 2008, so I’m seeking encouragement as I prepare for the climb over the mountain. I’ve been reading for several months and really appreciate the knowledge and experiences that people so openly share and thought it was time...
  18. Lionheart

    New? Tubular aortic valve

    While surfing the web I stumbled across a new? tubular aortic valve that they are testing in Canada. Apparently it has been for sale in Europe for a while but is not yet available in the US. It looks interesting, but is too novel for my upcoming surgery. See ATS Tubular Valve John