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    How Do You Stay Heart Healthy?

    I realize this post is a few months old but I'm wondering how you had your body tested for inflammation. What kind of test was it and what kind of doctor helped you with the leaky gut issue? Thanks.
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    Worried about ankle swelling 5 months post surgery

    Helps a lot to hear from you. I hope this might just be my heart and system remodeling after surgery and getting use to a new valve while I becoming more active than I've been in a while. Do you have any idea why you have fluid retention? Thank you.
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    Worried about ankle swelling 5 months post surgery

    Hi all, I haven't been here much lately, I've just been trying to get my life back on track. As some of you will remember, I had my second aortic valve and root repair the end of last year, 2018. Except for AFIB after surgery, everything went well. I was on Amiadarone for 3 months and I'm still...
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    4 weeks post-op and have some questions about what I'm experiencing

    Thank you everyone for your input. I had my surgery at a different hospital from where my old cardiologist was and it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to go back to him. I was assigned a cardiologist at UNC Rex who did my catheterization and followed me while I was in the hospital. Since...
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    4 weeks post-op and have some questions about what I'm experiencing

    I will be 4 weeks post-op from my second aortic valve surgery this Saturday. My surgery was on Dec. 28. I'm wondering if some of the things I am experiencing are pretty common or if I should be worried. Just for peace of mind, I'd like to see one of my doctors again. It's hard sometimes to know...
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    I made it to the other side!

    Thank you everyone for your kind words!
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    Double vision

    I also have experienced the double vision thing and the feeling that your eyes are crossed. I also get occular migraines but I had those for years before heart surgery. With the double vision thing, it helps if I close my eyes a moment and relax, then lI open my eyes and look from the right...
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    I made it to the other side!

    Hello friends, I'm home and on the mend. I don't want to bore you with repetitive information but just for anyone just getting to know me, I had my second OHS to replace my aortic valve and to make my aorta smaller, Dec. 28, 2018. It has been quite a ride but I'm so happy to be sitting here...
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    Friday is the big Day!

    My surgery is set for this Friday, Dec. 28 first thing in the morning. I'm pretty set to go, just getting some things finished around the house. I am dreading this and more worried than first time around because it is my second heart surgery. I've had a virus for about a week that I can't shake...
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    Friday is the big Day!

    My surgery is set for this Friday, Dec. 28 first thing in the morning. I'm pretty set to go, just getting some things finished around the house. I am dreading this and more worried than first time around because it is my second heart surgery. I've had a virus for about a week that I can't shake...
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    It's Time and I'm Scared and Confused

    Hello, everyone and thank you for replying to my post. I was obviously experiencing a lot of confusion and uncertainty at the time. Your posts have been so helpful. Everyone is so different and it's very interesting to hear each story. I have my surgery date now but I will put info about that in...
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    It's Time and I'm Scared and Confused

    Tom in MO, you don't know how much your response is appreciated. It helps so much! I do pray but I've been sort of a mess since yesterday... I knew this was coming mentally but not emotionally. My surgeon use to practice at WakeMed in Raleigh and now he is at UNC Rex in Raleigh. I referred...
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    High Lp(a) increases speed of AVS progression

    Could you explain what High Lp(a) levels are for someone a little less informed and slower on the uptake perhaps i.e. me. Thank you. I'm concerned because I had a tricuspid valve calcify when I was only 53.
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    It's Time and I'm Scared and Confused

    Hello all, I had my last pre-surgery test yesterday and then we had a talk with my surgeon. It's left me with a mix of questions and feelings and I just need to talk and express how I feel. I knew this day would come. I received an Edwards Bovine Tissue valve in March of 06 for my aortic valve...
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    Am I Letting Them Push This Too Fast?

    Thank you Paleowoman for your response. That's what my surgeon is doing by referring me to a cardiologist who specializes in the Tee and Cath procedures. I assume since your vavle isn't deteriorating that you are fine waiting a while. Correct? It might give me a lot of peace of mind to know more...
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    Considering the end of VR.org - Looking for your thoughts

    I would hate to see this site end. It was invaluable to me 12 years ago when I had my first valve replacement and I don't know what I would have done without it. As in all things, once I got through that particular crisis, I moved on to other stuff which have included a number of other health...
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    Am I Letting Them Push This Too Fast?

    That would be the normal way things are done. I'm following my surgeon in this case. He moved from WakeMed in Raleigh to UNC Rex in Raleigh. Although both hospitals do a lot of valve replacements and repairs and other heart surgeries, I like that this surgeon put in my first valve and also that...
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    Am I Letting Them Push This Too Fast?

    Hello everyone. I went to see the surgeon today I'm seriously considering for my second heart surgery. He did my first 12 and a half years ago. I saw him 14 months ago when it first became apparent to me that my aortic tissue valve was degenerating. I went to see him again today to be sure he's...
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    Heart Talk

    Thank you Epstns, Marie, I don't know if you have chosen your valve replacement but I wanted to get input from Epstns on my situation and hopefully, it will help you too. I'm having a hard time finding out who is using the valve I'm interested in, especially in my area. I'd like to talk to...
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    Heart Talk

    Hi Marie, I'm in your situation, just a little behind you. I had my first valve replacement in 06 with an Edwards Tissue Valve. That valve now has moderate to severe calcification. I'm struggling right now with who to have the surgery with and what valve. Tell us more about your situation and...
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