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    INRatio Monitor -- Right on Target!

    Last week I had to go see my new cardiologist in town and decided to check my INR right before going to my appointment. I was curious to know how my readings would compare to their readings --- they use a CoaguChek in their office and check my INR as part of their checkup routine. My INR at...
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    DNA - Genetic Testing for Medication Tolerance

    I had something NEW happen to me at my cardiologist's office this week. While waiting to see my doctor, another medical person walked in and asked me if he could take a DNA swab from me. I was of course puzzled and he went on to explain that this type test is being taken in many doctor's...
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    December Cleveland Online Chats

    Just wanted to let you know that if you are interested: Every month, the Cleveland Clinic Health Site hosts LIVE online chats concerning different health topics. Coming up on 12/10/14, they will be discussing "Understanding Heart Disease Risk Factors" and on 12/12, a video on "Atrial...
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    Alere -- New INR Results Phone App

    I just received a new batch of test strips for my INratio machine from Alere. In the wellness brochure included with the shipment, was an article that says that you can now download an app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device called: Alere CoagClinic Self-Test Portal, where you can submit...
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    Novartis - CHF Drug Shows Promise

    I was just reading our local paper, and a headline caught my attention. The article reads in part: "A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade --- a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization...
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    What Does This Mean???

    I just noticed that when putting my cursor underneath what appears to be a "bar code" the member's avatar, some read, "is on a distinguished road" and others, "will be famous soon"? The "will be famous soon" notation was on Cooker's and Duffy's avatars! Did you all get a part on an upcoming...
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    May Be Sporting A New Gadget

    Well, perhaps soon I too will join the pacemaker group as well. Not sure if I am suppose to feel good or sad about that yet. I went for my yearly Echo in Houston, in May and while there didn't seem to be that great a change in my stats, my PH was worse and so was my A-fib. I was fitted with a...
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    Senior Olympics --- Anyone Participating?

    Just wanted to let you all know that I have signed up for this year's Senior Olympic Games which commence next month! I will be signing up for the Women's Air Pistol/Gun Supported event. I have always loved shooting and since I stopped doing the Archery tournaments about 7 years back, I have...
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    Any word on Brad yet?

    Has anyone heard anything back from Brad? He was having his surgery on the 21st at Texas Heart Institute? Just wondering? Hope all went well.
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Wishing all my fellow heart valvers a blessed and lovely Thanksgiving Holiday! :)
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    Today marks 38 for me!

    Today, May 23rd, marks 38 years that I underwent open-heart surgery for my double-valve implant. It is a bitter sweet day because it also marks my beloved mom’s birthdate. That day, May 23, 1975, my mom turned 60, there at St. Luke’s Hospital, in Houston, TX, anguishing over whether or not she...
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    Moore, OK -- Sending prayers

    Sending prayers to all those affected by the terrible tornado devastation! It is so heartbreaking to watch all the news coming in from this area. We've seen one tragedy after another in the last few months...."please Lord, give us a break!"
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    Clean Inboxes

    Just a reminder: Don't forget to go into your inboxes and clean out old messages. If someone is trying to reply to one of your messages or send you a new PM, they cannot if your inboxes are full. Thank you! :thumbup:
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    Cannot Post New Thread - 'In Loving Memory'

    I would like to post on the above mentioned category but the "Post New Thread" option is NOT available? :confused: Hank can you help? Thank you, Norma
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    Can a Dream Feel So Real.....

    I told this story to my Facebook friends just yesterday and I want to share it with you as well.... Yesterday morning I woke up crying, tears streaming down my face, heart pounding, racing and wondering what this "vision" in my dream could have meant. In my dream I was hugging my mom so...
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    Happy Birthday, Carla! :)

    Wishing Carla Marquardt a very Happy Birthday today! Many more to you! :)
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    My Brother --- High Risk OHS!

    A few months ago, I posted a thread concerning my older brother and how he might be facing OHS: http://www.valvereplacement.org/forums/showthread.php?39676-Now-my-brother-needs-OHS!&highlight=. Well, the time has come and it's a lot more serious than we could have imagined! He met with the...
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    Alere Home Monitoring System

    If you use Alere to call in your INR results, an email was sent to my inbox advising of their new change, in case you may have missed it: Dear Valued Patient, We are very pleased to be your home INR monitoring services provider. As part of our ongoing commitment of excellent service, we are...
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    I was SHOCKED!!

    A while back I transferred all my Rx's from Walmart to the new CVS pharmacy that located here because it is closer to my home and I don't have to stand in line any longer.....CVS has a drive-up window. So I called CVS for a refill on the coumadin 10mg & told them I wanted to make sure they...
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    Puzzled....what could this mean??

    Recently I went for a CT scan because I have been passing small amounts of blood in my urine. My PCP thinks it might have to do with the anticoagulant (coumadin) and wants to rule out problems with the kidneys. He said that if anything was amiss, he would call me. He never called. Anyway, I...