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    Lifting weights

    Listen to your body. I did try moderately lifting before my surgery for a few months, but found anytime my heart rate was up over 140 for any length of time or I did HIIT I would feel nauceous and get chest pain after the workout. That was when I called it quits other than riding a bike and...
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    Lifting weights

    I enjoyed lifting after my Ross procedure for many years. Moderate weights, no power lifting, no single lifts. After 18 years of no issues and no leakage in either my aortic or pulmonary valve, I pressed my cardiologist on the subject, and he said lift how I wanted, and that I was doing fine...
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    Double valve replacement story, 2nd surgery, 9 days post op

    Checking in again. I am doing well. I moved back home last week. I am driving again. My INR has been high (over 3.5) the last few weeks, but yesterday it was 2.9, so it appears we are getting my warfarin dose dialed in. In two months I will be able to apply for home testing. The only...
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    Double valve replacement story, 2nd surgery, 9 days post op

    Just an update and answers to the above questions. The pain when I was coming out from the anesthesia was because I had not been given any heavy pain meds yet. They wanted to get my breathing tube out before giving me anything that would put me back to sleep. Once that task was done they gave...
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    Double valve replacement story, 2nd surgery, 9 days post op

    It took 24 hours for the afib to stop, but I am back into normal sinus rhythm at 80 bpm. Hoping it stays that way.
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    Double valve replacement story, 2nd surgery, 9 days post op

    My INR was 4.4 yesterday morning. So still working on my warfarin dosing. Then in the afternoon my heart went into AFib with a rapid pulse so I ended up in the er. They got my rate down, and all my tests were good. Sent me home, but I’m still in AFib. Uncomfortable not having a rhythmic...
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    Post op day 9- AVR and PVR (redoing a Ross procedure)

    Hi Everyone! I have a long thread in the intros section, but thought I would post a brief message here. I am a 40 year old male in good shape. I had a Ross procedure in 2001 for a bicuspid aortic valve, but it started leaking again, and the pulmonary valve calicifed and stenosed. I just had...
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    Double valve replacement story, 2nd surgery, 9 days post op

    I wanted to log my experiences for the sake of everyone who is looking squarely at having valve replacement surgery. I am a 40 year old male. I was first diagnosed with aortic insufficiency due to a bicuspid valve at age 19. I elected to have a Ross procedure in 2001, which was performed with...
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    Ross Procedure 1996

    Hi Mike I had a Ross procedure in 2001 at the OU medical center by Dr. Ronald Elkins. I was 21. I am 6’ tall, 168 pounds, fit, and very active. I eat unprocessed foods mostly, though I’m not strict past that. Everything has been awesome until a few weeks ago. My yearly echo showed some aortic...
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