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    Potassium ..what types do you like?

    Since having half a banana each day my INR has gone from 2.7 to 2.5 to 2.0 I cannot think of another reason.
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    Will someone please help? What range do you have to be in INR for surgery????

    I recently had a procedure to check my mechanical heart valve's performance and had to come off Warfarin. I took Clexane (Lovenox) for a week before and 4 days after with my Warfarin until my INR was back to normal. My INR went down to 1.1 without Warfarin and is now back to 2.4 ish.
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    Back to surgery - at 7 months

    Similar problem Similar problem I have to have my valve checked out for a similar problem. It is not an unusual effect to have some scar tissue growth around the valve apparantly. I have to come off Warfarin for 5 days next week and have injections at the hospital, followed by a camera check...
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    Allergies or Sinus. What do you take?

    I find that Fexofenadine works best for me but it in my case needs to be taken first thing in the morning. I also have a Beconase inhaler for when my nose clogs up. It is particularly bad at this time of year but for me, so far so good.
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    Northern Indiana

    I had a son in Indianapolis
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    If you have a mechanical valve...

    My valve only ticks in some positions, if I lay flat on my back it thumps a bit at times too. I usually keep moving about until I can't hear it. One thing you could try is coughing and clearing your chest as this often helps me another thing I have found is to wear an ear plug for 5 minutes...
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    memory foam beds

    I have moved this thread to small talk as it was under the incorrect heading previously. I have a new memory foam bed and have found that I cough and sneeze anywhere near it. I am obviously allergic to visco foam. Since my op over a year ago my chest has been very sensitive and allergic to a...
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    frequency of INR testing

    In the U.K. my medics tested me once a week for a few weeks after leaving hospital, my consultant then wanted me tested once a fortnight until one year and now I am on once a month. My INR has been stable at 2.5 now for 6 months which has not changed my warfarin intake at 6mg per day. You may...
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    Memory foam beds

    I have a new memory foam bed and have found that I cough and sneeze anywhere near it. I am obviously allergic to visco foam. Since my op over a year ago my chest has been very sensitive and allergic to a few things but this is the worst. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I am not sure...
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    I have become surly.

    i have similar feeling too and have had for most of my life. I can never stand BS when it plainly apparent.
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    Cardiac Rehab...is it really that helpful?

    Scott I am not defending myself, nor am I splitting hairs. Please do not tell me how to wtite professionaly. Maybe in the U.K. the term 'fool' does not have the connotations it has in the USA. In England it means, someone who does not act reasonably and responsibly and makes people laugh at...
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    Cardiac Rehab...is it really that helpful?

    Jkm7 I did say that I thought you would be a fool not to use it, not that you are a fool. I gave my honest opinion on cardiac rehab and the figures of 24 for and 1 against seem to support that. I did not say you were a fool but after reading your totally out of order response then perhaps I can...
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    My scar - 4 Months, 8 Months, 12 Months

    Great. Mine is very similar but more suntanned as I live in England. 24 hours from Tulsa.
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    Surgical scar after open heart surgery???

    My scar doesn't show much and it is certainly not, nor ever has been stomach turning for even the weakest anatomy. Think instead what he would have looked like without it in a years time. Be grateful that these things can be mended nowadays and that you are not about to become a widow. I look...
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    Thanks Kathy. You are right, my wife is very upset too about it but I think we must try and rise...

    Thanks Kathy. You are right, my wife is very upset too about it but I think we must try and rise above it. At least they are not living close by.
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    Thanks Kathy, I think it is a phase they go through. They are supposed to be clever people, both...

    Thanks Kathy, I think it is a phase they go through. They are supposed to be clever people, both have Oxford degrees, just shows doesn't it. They have had this funny attitude since they went to the USA. I'm sure it isn't the USAs fault. It certainly has slowed my recovery.
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    How has your life improved?

    I had my op 35 weeks ago, at the time I could not walk more than 2 steps, I was in a wheelchair and had to buy a stair lift to get upstairs. I can now walk at least 3 miles non stop, exercise with mild weights, do pushups, sit ups etc. You bet I feel well. The main thing I can do now that I...
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    Cardiac Rehab...is it really that helpful?

    I was offered cardiac rehab and think you would be a fool not to use it. You find out what you can do, when to do it and at what pace. The others on my course were all in the same boat and were helpful too. My cardiac rehab nurse is a gem, she is a mine of information and her support is...
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    Defection

    How long is a piece of thread? It goes on and on and on and on and on with no point and nowhere to go to? Let's get back to normal and use common sense. I do agree that when I log on I always go to the what's new and read them first. I think this one has run it's course and we will end up...
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    Defection

    Still here Still here I have had so much trouble logging on to this BB lately that it appears that I have defected, not so. Altho' I have looked at the new web site I am not impressed with some of the replies. I also believe that there is adequate room for 2 BBs and both need supporting. I...
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