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    Anyone here on Repatha (PCSK9 inhibitor, injectable) for high LDL?

    My Drs want me to start taking this drug for high LDL (tried but I am unable to tolerate statins). I'm hesitant to try this drug for several reasons including many commonly reported adverse effects at the link below: Repatha User Reviews for High Cholesterol at Drugs.com Is anyone here taking...
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    Questionable Echocardiogram report - Ever have this something like this???

    My medical history is in 2014 I had major heart attack, emergency open heart surgery, double bypass, AVR replacement (mechanical On-X), + last Fall my prior cardiologist detected a blockage in routine nuclear stress test, did a cardiac cath, & put a stent in to open another artery. I got a new...
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    Coaguchek XS vs Coagucheck Vantus

    I just switched from one (Godawful) testing provider where I was using a Coaguchek XS to another provider (Roche) using the same device. I returned my old Coagucheck XS to the first provider and now have another one from Roche. However Roche also sent me a flyer for a "limited time offer"...
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    Can I use a Coaguchek test strip with a different code chip?

    OK, this is probably a stupid question but I have a good reason for asking. What exactly does the chip do? Can you use a chip with one code with strips of another code? If the chip is only for checking an expiration date to prevent patients using expired strips then I don't see why I can't...
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    Home testing options (?)

    Haven't been here in a while. Hope you all are well. I'm back here today because I had to cancel my home self-testing service and am now looking for other options. I had been using a company called Remote Cardiac Services (RCS) but as I understand it they got swallowed up by "Lincare" at some...
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    No more Alere InRatio2?????

    Am wondering if anyone knows what this is all about. Supposedly my monitoring service (RCS) is going to send me some type of device by "Roche" instead of the Alere InRatio2 that I have been using the past 2 years since Alere is withdrawing the InRatio2 and getting out of the INR device testing...
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    Warfarin/INR and the flu/a cold

    I think I read somewhere that things like having the flu can affect your INR - yes/no? I ask because I am getting sick now, have a killer sore throat today, feel like crap, and am wondering about what to expect. I am testing my INR next time next Tuesday as my scheduled day (which is my next...
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    Stopping bleeding.....suggestions???

    I cut my chin shaving this morning. Was blessed (or cursed depending on your perspective) with a Kirk Douglas dimpled chin that can be a bear trying to shave in there. And this morning I stupidly changed the angle I was shaving at trying to get at some stubble in the dimple and ended up nicking...
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    Swollen ankles...

    I've been back to work almost 2 months now. I have a horrible, physically taxing, and very stressful job, where I am on my feet mostly the entire time. Prior to going back to work, post surgery any leg/ankle/etc swelling had completely gone away. In fact I had posted that curiously I noticed...
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    Are tiny red dots on my legs due to warfarin?????

    It has only been recently that my INR has tested over 2.0 for two consecutive weeks (seems to be 2.5 according to home unit). Prior to that I had been mostly around 1.7-1.8. In addition, I had a catscan last week, and my arm is a bruised bloody mess under the IV injection site, the worst I...
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    Home testing questions

    After months of trying to get one (very very long stories) I now finally have a home testing unit (INRatio2). Some things have come up that have me confused regarding home monitoring. (1) I thought one of the main points of home testing was to enable more frequent testing (weekly) with less...
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    Dizziness/headache lying down or sitting up....

    Anyone have experience with this post-surgery and have clues as to what it might be? Starting about 3 weeks ago (roughly 3 months post-CABG & AVR) when I lie down flat on my back I feel dizzy, like either the room, the bed, or me, is moving, even though nothing actually is. At the same time I...
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    Coumadin dosages - spread out increases or do all in one day?

    I have a question about Coumadin dosing. I was at 5mg a day but my INRs were too low (less than 2.0). The target range for my On-X valve is 2.0 to 3.0 btw. The current doctor office managing my INR is having me take an extra 2.5mg a week but doing so all in one day per week by taking 7.5mg...
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    Splitting Coumadin tablets - NO NO or OK????

    I'm getting conflicting advice, and reading conflicting information now as I research this on the 'net, regarding whether it is bad vs. OK to split Coumadin tablets in order to get a "half-dose". I am on 5mg daily but while post-op early on (while still in the surgeon's care) was told to up...
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    PVCs (premature ventricular contractions)

    I was told that I was having some "PVCs" while being monitored in cardiac rehab today. They basically told me not to worry about it and they'd keep an eye on it next session. But I've noticed later in the day (and right now even while typing this) my heart feels "weird", kind of like...
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    Medication side effect? Peeling skin.....

    Not sure what forum to post this in. Thought I'd try post surgery since this is when it started (just recently). I've never had anything like this before in my life; the skin on my feet is peeling off, some in large chunks. It looks like the skin is drying up & dying. I've had athletes foot...
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    Bluecross/BS "blue card" black hole trying to get home INR equipment

    I've been having a very frustrating time trying to get home PT-INR testing which my cardiologist prescribed for me from Alere and logically should be covered by my insurance (BlueCross/Blue Shield). Am wondering if anyone else has a similar experience with BC/BS or any advice to try to deal...
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    Weird breathing

    I am about 6-7 weeks post op (double bypass + new aortic valve). Starting about a week ago I have started having what I can only describe as "strange breathing events". I have attempted to explain these & ask about them with both my cardiologist & GP (also a nurse at cardiac rehab) but have no...
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    More urination after bypass + valve surgery?????

    [This is my first post; feel free to tell me if I am doing anything wrong. Thanks for this GREAT forum btw. I've gotten many things answered, and have learned mucho, just reading posts the last 2-3 days.] Something strange I've noticed since I came home & am recuperating from both bypass...
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