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  1. CatDad82

    1 Year!!!

    Hello, Today is my 1 year valvaversary! I feel pretty good. I'm almost used to the ticking (I have an ON-X valve). This site was such a great resource when I trying to learn more about the surgery and what it would be like. I'm really glad this was here, I've leaned on it a lot when I was...
  2. CatDad82

    Edema in right foot

    Hi...I’m coming up on my one year valvaversary and I’ve noticed my right foot feels like it has extra fluid. It isn’t much at the moment, but I’m wondering how serious I should treat this. I only noticed it today. Would you bring this up to your cardio? Thanks for the advice, David
  3. CatDad82

    One Month!

    Hello, Thought I’d share that today is my one-month surgery anniversary. On July 10th, I had ohs at Johns Hopkins Hospital to replace my aortic valve with an ON-X mechanical valve and had a Dacron graft of my aorta. Dr. Dan Choi and a resident performed the surgery. I was in the hospital for a...
  4. CatDad82

    Post-op Beer

    Hi...I’m about 4 weeks post-op and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m blessed that I haven’t had any complications and my INR has been pretty stable. They installed an On-X valve and a Dacron graft when I had my OHS. I’m going on vacation at the end of August. I was wondering how long it was after...
  5. CatDad82

    St Jude Valves

    Does anyone have a St Jude Mechanical Valve? Any issues?
  6. CatDad82

    Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery - any tips?

    Hi...I thought I could share my story. My name is David. I’m 37 and I recently found out I have a heart murmur and need to have my aortic valve and aorta replaced. My surgery is scheduled on July 10th. They’re going to give me a St Jude mechanical valve and do a graft to replace my aorta. Is...
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