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    Mitral Valves - Dual Surgery

    I'm IN California, and medical care for me is far from free. What's your secret?
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    Mitral Valves - Dual Surgery

    Instead of the United States, where healthcare is damned expensive, you might visit Canada or the U.K. I'm not sure of residency requirements to get health care in those countries, or how long you'll have to wait to be seen (unless it's an emergency), but this may be a better alternative...
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    Back on the merry-go-round, or just caffeine?

    It's been nearly two weeks since I visited the pulmonologist. Telling me that 'I'll be reviewing your records and get back to you in a few days' was untrue - he may have gotten busy and forgot about me, he may give the same line of horse manure to all his patients - I don't know. I'll call his...
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    Second opinion?

    A mechanical valve should last a lifetime. It's the tissue valves that may wear out. I trusted a cardiologist that I've seen, occasionally, since 2002. He was highly recommended by my PCP (and friend). In 2002, I had an angiogram - and he told me that my coronary arteries looked so good that I...
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    Magnesium anyone?

    LadyChicken -- I've been taking magnesium for around 9 months. I have a pacemaker, and it reports any arrhythmias or other issues to a monitoring service, using a device near my bed that interrogates my pacemaker. In my case, I've still had short runs of PVC (I think), but these occurred late...
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    Magnesium anyone?

    I'm also taking the glycinate - but it's tricky because the dose is so low compared to the other forms. IF it's more absorbable than the others, perhaps the doses in the bottle are plenty. Doctors have to do CYA, so they tell you to use the form that's been researched. Perhaps they're right...
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    Surgery completed Dec 17th-questions

    It's called Cardioversion, not cardio conversion. I was cardioverted in a different way. I developed pre-ventricular contractions (PVCs) that lasted for many hours, made it almost impossible to do much - a walk from front door to car (maybe 50 feet?) tired me out. My electrophysiologist was...
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    Surgery completed Dec 17th-questions

    Now we've ALL seen your balls. FWIW - these look like Lacrosse balls. They're good for massage, good for rolling under the arches of the feet, and, I assume, good for playing Lacrosse.
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    Covid 19 Vaccine For Post Op

    LInH - you didn't see what I was agreeing to. One of the people here said that this was a 'Chinese' virus, developed in Wuhan, China. THAT's what Enough Said was about -- all you have to do is read michaeljquinn's message, then go back to a ridiculous posting that said 'And this is not a "flu"...
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    my self management results for 2020

    You can rely on Coumadin 'clinics' to take control of your survival - with insistence on monthly testing -- or you can take better control of things by getting your own meter and testing weekly. It's a lot safer to test weekly -- and many of us do -- than to go much longer between tests. If...
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    Covid 19 Vaccine For Post Op

    I agree with michaeljquinn. Enough said.
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    Staying the Course -- January 18, 2021

    Here in Los Angeles, they're setting up a lot of vaccination clinics. One is being set up at a University just two blocks north of me. It starts giving vaccinations tomorrow. Already, they've blocked of a street that I was using to beat a lot of traffic on a big boulevard just west of me. I...
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    Magnesium anyone?

    I really doubt that magnesium has any effect on INR. Others here haven't reported any, and I've taken magnesium in different strengths, and have seen NO changes in my INR.
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    my self management results for 2020

    I have records for nearly 12 years of tests - I started in April 2009, and there's a gap of a few months, when my hard drive crashed and I couldn't recall all the results off the meter. I'll see if I can make a similar chart for 2020. This chart will include results from labs and hospitals...
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    Magnesium anyone?

    Doctor's Best makes (or will soon offer) Magnesium Glycinate that they describe as being highly absorbable. They also say that it doesn't have an effect on the digestive system. I've tried it - and slightly disagree with the digestive effects -- I'll try it again and see if the issue...
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    Test Strip Supplier?

    Come on, Roche. Are we to believe that the strips that are sold in other countries are unsafe? Are you really selling defective strips to countries outside the United States? Is it that dangerous to buy strips online from non-distributors of Roche strips? Do the strips bought online give false...
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    Test Strip Supplier?

    A year or so ago, when Roche recalled some batches of strips, some eBay sellers were selling these recalled strips. Perhaps they didn't know that they were subject to recall. At least one seller tried to convince me that if I bought some recalled strips, all I would have to do is contact Roche...
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    Magnesium anyone?

    When I started having life threatening multiple simultaneous arrhythmias, the doctors put me on a magnesium drip. Since then, they want me to continue to take magnesium. I'm using a combination of forms of magnesium that I get from Trader Joe's, 250 mg twice a day, morning and evening (but not...
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    Colloidal silver okay with blood thinner, Clopidogrel?

    Poor guy. I hope that it eventually cleared from his skin. The way he looked in the picture, he probably could have gotten a job standing with statues, and then moving to scare people. Again - poor guy. There are SO MANY supplements out there that it's hard to know what interacts with real...
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    Revisiting Post of Home Monitoring

    LadyChicken - if you can, test weekly, on the same day of the week. This may make it easier than just 'thinking' about testing. Having a regular, weekly, schedule to test should help you to keep on schedule. Also - if you aren't already doing it, keep track of your data - day, time, dose...
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