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  1. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Six years today! 3-18-19

    It has been six years today. Life is good!
  2. Heart Of The Sunrise

    5 year anniversary

    5 years ago today...at this moment 1:22 pm I was about halfway through my surgery with Dr Bavaria @ University of Pa. Hospital.
  3. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Here is when I knew I would be fine...even though I needed OHS / AVR

    i am 5 years post-op com 3/18/18. I love telling this story. This is when I knew I was going to be fine. I found out about my condition in early October 2012. I informed my girlfriend (now wife) at the time that we needed to go to church on Thanksgiving of 2012......although we never did before...
  4. Heart Of The Sunrise

    No teeth cleaning or elective dental procedures for a year after surgery??

    Never heard this...I take 200 mg of Amoxicillin before any dental procedure.
  5. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Dental work after surgery. Totally confused and then WOW!

    I have to take 2000 mg of amoxicillin before any dental procedure.
  6. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Has anyone had AVR with no symptoms?

    I consider myself very lucky to be alive. 10-9-12 at my yearly physical for the first time my doctor did an EKG. This uncovered LBBB ( left bundle branch block.) This led to other tests which uncovered my BAV. I was completely asymptomatic. When discovered my aortic aneurysm was 4.5...
  7. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Hemi-Arch repair????

    Mine was done at the time of my AVR.
  8. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Post op wobbles.

    Mark: I have the ON-X valve as well ..now 4 years post-op. I had the same symptoms and feelings post-op. Now only occasionally do I hear or feel the valve as something different in my anatomy. My awareness of the difference in my heart diminished after several months. Hang in there!
  9. Heart Of The Sunrise

    "Very Mild" Valvular Calcification

    You should have an echocardiogram done...that should be more definitive.
  10. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Ross procedure / Aortic Homograft vs on-x valve

    I have an ON-X valve and could not be happier with my choice. Coumadin has not been a problem. self test every two weeks INR range 1.8 to 2.2. Everyone 's situation is different and it is a very personal choice there is no right or wrong choice. You must way the plus and minus's of each.
  11. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Kiwi Fruit

    I have been eating KIwi fruit more fruits, vegetables and salads. So far I have lost 5 pounds. My Coumadin dosage was 5 MG per day to stay in my INR Range of 1.8-2.2. Twice a week now I take 7.5 mg of Coumadin to maintain my proper INR Range.
  12. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Post op with the new on-x valve.

    Congrats Marko my ON-X brother. Initially like you I heard my valve. Now I do not hear it or I am just used to it. Just celebrated my 4 year anniversary on Saturday. Just had an echo...see cardio in two weeks life is good. My INR range is 1.8 to 2.2. Coumadin has not been a problem. Self test at...
  13. Heart Of The Sunrise

    5 years

    Congrats Marc...I am right behind you 4 years tomorrow!
  14. Heart Of The Sunrise

    What are the benefits of the surgery and how long will they last?

    Benefits of surgery...you do not die prematurely...personal choice of tissue or mechanical...I choose mechanical. Coumadin no problem...4 year anniversary tomorrow!
  15. Heart Of The Sunrise

    4 year anniversary- hard to believe

    3-18-13- Hard to believe tomorrow marks my 4 year anniversary. I thank everyone on this site for helping me get through pre-surgery, surgery and recovery! You are all the best. Thanks for sharing your experience, wisdom and optimism. My cardiologist often says not every surgeon could do your...
  16. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Can't decide on mechanical or tissue valve.

    I have an ON-X aortic valve. I am so glad I choose it over a tissue valve. Coumadin has not been an issue. Coming up on my 4 year anniversary this coming Saturday. I rarely hear it....very happy with my choice. I self test with the Coaguchek XS meter. Other than taking my meds and testing my...
  17. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Aortic Anuerysm Repair

    Things will keep getting better ... congrats and welcome to the other side...my 4 year anniversary is the end of next week...had an echo this morning...see my cardio in April.:Smile:
  18. Heart Of The Sunrise

    Saw another cardiology

    I agree with Steve..taking control of the situation and developing a relationship with your medical staff helps relieve the natural anxiety that we all experience...my 4 year anniversary is coming up on the 18th.....I have an echo tomorrow...insurance agreed to pay for it this year...last year...
  19. Heart Of The Sunrise

    aortic aneurysm repair and stroke prevention?

    Common practice for heart surgery to prevent strokes- DHCA - Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest- worked for me and many others. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_hypothermic_circulatory_arrest