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    Post rejected because of spam suspicion

    Hi: I recently answered on a topic, but my post does not show. Immediately after sending it, i was able to see it. Rereading it, i realized that it had some syntax error (english is not my native languaje), so i corrected it. After this editing my post was deleted from the topic and i received...
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    Mahler - dying of valve problems, 100 years ago...

    Hi! As a classical music lover, i was looking at Gustav Mahler biography (not among my preferred composers, by the way). I found the following interesting article describing his heart problems and death (consequence of mitral valve problems and IE). No antibiotics, no echos, no cath, no heart...
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    Discreetely checking your pulse

    Do you sometimes check your pulse discreetely, in presence of other persons, dissimulating the action?
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    New and old studies

    Hi! On tuesday i have to undergo an stress test (stationnary bike). It will not be performed in the clinic where my echos are usually done, but on a different one. Usually, for any test of this kind, they allways ask you to bring any old studies you have. I have all of them, but i was thinking...
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    Studies possession

    Hi! I wonder how are studies results managed in your countries. It seems to me, after reading many posts here that, at least in USA, results of say an echo are usually not given to you (the patient) but instead sent to your cardiologist. Is this right? In my country, this is managed in a...
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    Your cardiologist

    Hi! Just a quick question. Is your current cardiologist specialized in valvular problems or an "all around" one?
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    Different attitudes

    Hi! The other day i saw a traumatologist because of some minor knee ache. I dont remember why but i end up telling him about my heart condition (moderate to severe mitral regurgitation), and he told me that he recently underwent an aortic valve replacement (tissue valve, he is around 70). So...
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    OHS - Some questions

    Hi! Just curious...:confused: In a typical OHS, how many people are there aprox. in the operating room? How many of them are cardiac surgeons? Are all the surgery steps performed by the chief surgeon? Or does the chief surgeon leave routine tasks to younger and less experienced surgeons (like...
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    PACs/PVCs

    Hi! We can read everywhere that PACs/PVCs, if their amount does not reach something like 20000 per day, are not important IF you have an structurally normal heart. However, my assumption is that, if you have any valvular problem (or chamber enlargement), then your heart is not considered...
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    Why do mechanical valves favor bllod clot formation?

    Hi! Do you know why mechanical heart valves are prone to blood clot formation? Is it because the material is artificial and not biological? But, if that is the case, there are many other cases where artificial devices are implanted on the human body and anticoagulation is not necessary. For...
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    Nicks's origin

    Hi! Many of you have nicks whose meanings are pretty obvious. In those cases where it is not so clear, can you tell us its meaning? In my case, i am also a member of the site Cardiacathletes, where i registered as Midpack. I enjoy running and like to participate in road races. My favourite...
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    Hypochondria

    Hi! From my diagnosis of mitral valve regurgitation, that will require surgery at some moment, i have clearly developped a degree of hypochondria. Every physical symptom, even if mild and not remotely related to my cardiologic condition, worries me. And when anxious, googling is your worst...
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    Diastolic dysfunction

    Hi! I am followed twice a year because of moderate mitral regurgitation (originated by a mitral valve prolapse). In my last visit, my cardiologist looked at my echo, said there were no significant changes, and asked me to come back in 6 months (LV and LA are mildly enlarged). The echo report...
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    Had my echo today...

    Hi: Today i had my echo (i am being followed because of moderate mitral valve regurgitation). Tomorrow i will see my cardiologist. I dont have the report yet. There is a peculiar situation happening during my echos. Because my cardiologist want them to be performed by the chief of the...
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    Aortic or mitral surgery- recovery comparation?

    Hi! Are surgery recoveries more or less similar for aortic and mitral valves? I know this is probably a question more suited to a cardiologist/surgeon than for patients, because patients usually have just one of both replaced/repaired (or both at the same time, in which case no comparation can...
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    Anxiety before tests

    Hi! I have been following this site for some time, but this is the first time i am posting. I am 45, and have been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation (at a moderate level) about 2 years ago (consequence of a mitral valve prolapse). I am currently symptomless, and having echo's twice a...
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