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    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    What were your symptoms, if any, when you popped a suture?
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    No date as yet

    I wonder if I will even have health insurance when I need my 3rd AVR
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    Carbomedics valve, anyone?

    This is off the subject, but I'd really like to know how long folks have been on coumadin/warfarin. For me, it's been 22 years. Anyone else even close?? - Thanks!
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    Spontaneous Knee Bleed

    Sorry pellicle
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    Carbomedics valve, anyone?

    My carbomedics is in the Aortic position - it clicks sometimes, but it is SO much quieter than most mechanical valves.
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    Spontaneous Knee Bleed

    Kinda off the subject, but - may I ask how long you have been on warfarin/coumadin, and how long have you been on the coumadin/baby aspirin combination? Thanks
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    Tissue valve deterioration - signs, symptoms, etc.

    My test results never change much and my doctor told me he didn’t think my symptoms were being cause by my heart, but he did send me to a surgeon. Your doctor was very wise
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    Tissue valve deterioration - signs, symptoms, etc.

    Just curious: Did your cardiologist urge you to have the valve replaced sooner?
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    Guidelines for Aortic Valve Replacement

    Surely there is a source somewhere that states the optimal time to replace or re-replace a valve? I saw numbers from Europe, but not here.... Thank you in advance for any information you can share.
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    Help! My 2nd artificial valve seems to be letting me down - now what?

    I thank you both for your replies. I will definitely have another surgery if I need it, but - I would like more information on when to re-replace. Unfortunately, I am now of the opinion that I want to sort of look over my cardiologist's shoulder - I have had so many deaths and/or near misses...
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    Guidelines for Aortic Valve Replacement

    Hello again: Can someone tell me what echocardiogram data Cardiologists use in order to decide when to replace a valve in the aortic position? (i.e., LVEF < 60%, or something.) I used to have this in writing, but - I've misplaced the information. You guys are great. Thank you! Charlotte
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    Help! My 2nd artificial valve seems to be letting me down - now what?

    Hello Everyone, Born with a bicuspid valve, at age 25 I had an AVR (porcine valve) in 1981 at NYH, William Gay, surgeon. Lasted till 1997, but just barely - my then cardiologist let me go too long before re-replacing, and - a piece of calcium broke off: wow was I lucky to survive that. After 5...
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    Day 3, doing all right

    Yaaay!!!!!!!
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    Valve replacement for a 78 year old

    Sarj, I respectfully disagree with the statement that blood thinners do not cause bleeding. In my case, on Coumadin/warfarin, I had spontaneous internal bleeding, and suffered a hemorrhagic stroke - was lucky to catch it in time.
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    Tormented over where to go for surgery--Charlotte, NC or Cleveland/Mayo Clinic

    Hello!! I have not been on the forum in a long time. I read your question, and the thread - and, the whole time I was thinking: "why doesn't he go to Duke?!?"
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    Should I choose a mechanical valve or a tissue valve?

    I had a tissue valve, now a mechanical. Just a teeny, tiny little issue with anitcoag I had a tissue valve, now a mechanical. Just a teeny, tiny little issue with anitcoag My history: Age 25, replaced bicuspid aortic valve with porcine valve (Dr Wm Gay, NYH) Age 40: Re-replaced tissue valve...


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