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    Knocking sensation on sternum

    Jumping in to say my heart thumps, knocks and clicks! Mostly knocking- sounds like somebody is ‘knocking on the door’ only the door is the inside of my sternum. I hear, but mostly FEEL it. I found it very annoying for about 6 months- now it’s just mildly annoying. I’m almost 2 years post op. I...
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    Low INR question

    Wow this is all such great info! Thank you so much! I actually missed a call today from the acc clinic director, who left a long voicemail explaining why my INR range is lower. It was all just a bunch of garbage, in my opinion. Although I appreciate him trying to explain it all- he didn’t...
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    Low INR question

    Hello everyone ! I just hit one year post AvR with my onyx valve. This was my second valve, the first being tissue. 3 months ago I developed a DVT in my upper extremities. My INR at the time of the clot was 2.8 ( per lab draw). My clot was likely due to my pacemaker lead, as the clot formed...
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    I have a similar experience. My first surgery I received a tissue valve, which beat very quietly. I had my second surgery in July 2018- and now have a mechanical valve. Each beat feels like my heart is punching the inside of my sternum. It’s not just a sound, but a percussion felt throughout my...
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    How Do You Stay Heart Healthy?

    Personally, I exercise 5-6 days a week. Mostly weight training. Cardio one to two times a week. I am also vegetarian, and eat primarily a plant based diet. There is a great dr. I follow online who is doing a lot of research on vegan plant based diets for clients with heart disease. She...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    I’ve had both a mechanical and a tissue valve. I did prefer my tissue valve as it was silent, and I never knew it was there. After full recovery, I felt completely normal. I chose mechanical on-x the second time to avoid a 3rd surgery. The ticking was not something I was concerned about before...
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    Does an active lifestyle decrease the longevity of a bovine aortic valve?

    Not sure about a specific study, but others have already commented on that. My tissue valve lasted 13 years. I was 25 when it was implanted. During those 13 years I had another baby, ran hundreds of miles and lifted very heavy weights. My tissue valve was ready to be replaced at 13 years but...
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    New to Coumadin and vitamin K

    I could be wrong, but I wonder if it would be better to just start taking your supplements now, instead of waiting and having them potentially affect your INR again later. I do remember it taking some time for mine to settle into its spot, and going to the clinic seemed very annoying in the...
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    Mechanical Valve - clicking

    I can hear mine, and I can also feel it. Feels like there’s a hammer in my chest thudding on my sternum. Real awesome.
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    2nd AVR rough recovery

    Feels like I’m never going to break out of this place! Today is seven days. They just put me back on Iv blood pressure meds which is one of the things i can’t be on if I’m getting a pacemaker for some reason. The doc said they want me ready to discharge before I can have the pacemaker. I guess...
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    2nd AVR rough recovery

    Good morning everyone! I am writing this from my hospital chair as I recover from my AVR replacement and ascending aorta replacement last Monday. First valve was 2005 Edwards bovine tissue valve. Made it 13 years and replaced with a onyx mechanical valve and graft. So so far my recovery has...
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    Time off after surgery

    Thank you for your replies! I guess I was posting this question as a guest for some reason. I work a desk job and was hoping to go back to work part time after 4-5 weeks- but I really don’t know. My last surgery was 13 years ago and I don’t remember how I felt at 4 weeks, 5 weeks etc. I just...
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    Travel with moderate to severe stenosis of aortic tissue valve?

    Wouldn’t think travel would pose any risk- On another note, has your dr. Given an insight as to why you valve is already deteriorating?
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    Calcification formation on bioprosthetic valves

    Blood volume is increased 50% during pregnancy, then labor is a whole new story. 😉 but hormones I'm sure play a role.. When pregnant you have higher relaxin hormone ( spelling) which does just that, relax.. And allows things to stretch..
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    Calcification formation on bioprosthetic valves

    Would overall use have anything to do with it? Or perhaps the combo of use and immune response. Just a generalization, but younger people may have more wear and tear do to a more active lifestyle? Doesn't explain older native valves becoming calcified though. In my own situation, my native...
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    Calcification formation on bioprosthetic valves

    Its probably much more of a complex process then that. ☺
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    Calcification formation on bioprosthetic valves

    Very interesting article. Here's what I understood from the article. Before the valve becomes calcified, there is an inflammatory response in the body.. The blood passing through the valve is carrying inflammatory cells. That triggers a response in the valve.. This made me think.. I wonder if...
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    Anyone in here in their mid 40's and what did your surgeon advise on valve type.

    ☺ For me it was because I wanted more kids. I was 25 at the time. I'm 10 years post surgery today, and was able to have another valve. I am not sure if I'll choose a mechanical for my next, tavr is being done at UW (SEATTLE) and I'm hoping my valve last me until its either available for me, and...
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    Anyone in here in their mid 40's and what did your surgeon advise on valve type.

    Lots of reasons people choose a tissue valve. Having the surgury a second time is not the only factor in making a decision.
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    Need some encouragement for teen patient

    Hi, I had my surgery 10 years ago and although not a teenager, I was pretty young (25). The shock of needing the surgery caused a lot of fear and anxiety after the AVR. I didn't expect that. I think the first 5 years every time I had a palpitation, or weird feeling, or was extra tired it...