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    New Coag-Sense meter

    They're still trying to get my INR into range. I think it was low for about two days. I had a blood draw yesterday, but haven't heard the results yet. I'm very new to this (ten days post-op), but I'm not thrilled with how the warfarin/INR stuff is being managed. Hopefully that meter will ship on...
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    New Coag-Sense meter

    That's what I imagine the reason(s) is likely to be. I just ordered a meter, lancets, and test strips. I want to keep and eye on what they're doing. :) I went to the ER last night to have a vein checked out (swollen & painful). It turned out to be a non-issue, but they drew blood and checked...
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    New Coag-Sense meter

    The medical group that I belong to has a 'Medical Management' division that manages folks that are on Warfarin. I asked them and was told that they don't allow home testing. It's quite likely that at some point, after everything is stabilized, that I'll find a group that does allow/support home...
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    New Coag-Sense meter

    Thanks for the report on these. I'm eight days post-op and shopping for a meter. My medical group (current) doesn't allow self-monitoring, but I want to do if for my own information. I think I'm going to order one of these (Coag-Sense pt2).
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    PDF from STS What to expect after OHS

    I believe this is the current link for the document: https://www.sts.org/sites/default/files/whattoexpect.pdf
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    coming up on AVR #2...

    Thanks for all of the good thoughts. I got discharged from the hospital last night. It feels so good to be home. This time around was a markedly different experience as compared to my first AVR in 2010. This time I didn't seem to have any negative reaction to the anesthesia at all, which was...
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    coming up on AVR #2...

    Well, thanks everyone, for all of the help, support, and knowledge. I go in tomorrow at 7am for my surgery (St. Jude mechanical). Looking forward to being on the other side of this one. :)
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    Cath call ...

    Good luck. I hope it all goes smoothly.
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    anybody else react badly to anesthesia?

    I'm going to try to talk to the anesthesiologist prior to the surgery. The recovery from that stuff was by far the worst part of the whole thing.
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    anybody else react badly to anesthesia?

    Just the one OHS in 2010. The earlier experience was for the ear tubes. They are probably my only two experiences with being put under anesthesia, but they both sucked. :)
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    anybody else react badly to anesthesia?

    Thanks Tom. I will see about talking with the anesthesiologist prior to the big day.
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    anybody else react badly to anesthesia?

    I'm about to have a second SAVR and was wondering if anyone knew of any way to mitigate the reaction to anesthesia that I, and I imagine some others (fellow gingers), have. It always seems to make me sick (extreme nausea, to put it lightly). I remember the first time. I was seven or eight years...
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    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    I had a BAV replaced with an Edwards 3000TXF in 11/2010 (SAVR). I was 41 years old. Now, 8-1/2 years later, I’ve severe aortic stenosis again and am going to have that valve replaced. It’ll most likely be a St. Jude mechanical.
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    coming up on AVR #2...

    I'm fairly certain, at this point, that I 'want' a mechanical valve. I've an appointment with a second cardiologist, that's in my medical group, on Tuesday. That should satisfy Blue Shield, as they want me to get my first second opinion from someone within my group before they let me go...
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    coming up on AVR #2...

    Thanks for sharing that. The two hospitals that my (current) surgeon is affiliated with don't score very well. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/ca/providence-st-joseph-medical-center-6930340/aortic-valve-surgery...
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    coming up on AVR #2...

    What do you use to research the hospitals? Same websites that are used for the doctors? Something like Vitals.com?
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    coming up on AVR #2...

    So I met with the surgeon that my cardiologist set me up with. When I saw my cardiologist, he advocated for a TAVR. I was unconvinced that was the right choice for me. Appealing, yes (potentially easier procedure & no anti-coagulant), but I really figured that it was time for a mechanical valve...
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    How best where to research surgeons/hospitals?

    Thanks for the info. Mine is Blue Shield of California.
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    Second AVR Concerns and Questions

    The more I read, the more I appreciate everyone on this site. What a priceless resource.
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    How best where to research surgeons/hospitals?

    Thanks for your replies. I've talked to a bunch of friends and gotten some solid recommendations. I've also discovered that I should have switched from an HMO to a PPO at open enrollment at the beginning of the year. So far, all of the Cardiologists & Cardiac Surgeons that I'd want to see only...


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