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    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    I have had my Edwards AVR Carpentier Pericardial Valve for 4 years. Last year my cardiologist put me on visits once every two years instead of once a year. Twice a week I run 4 miles in about 45 minutes. During the summer I walk 18 hold of golf twice a week. I still work part-time and I am 69...
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    My Replacement Valve Story

    Since I found this web site very helpful with having my heart valve replaced I wanted to contribute my story so perhaps others might benefit from my experience. The community of people here were wonderful by answering my questions, knowledgeable in their technical information and spoke freely...
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    Natural or Mechanial

    Hi this is bucks1972 as a follow-up to me original post. I met with my surgeon yesterday and after some discussion we concluded to go with a tissue valve. His thoughts are by the time I would need a new valve then non-invasive surgery procedures will have been improved to the point as if putting...
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    Natural or Mechanial

    I would like to thank all of you for your comments. I had not thought about an AFib problem requiring coumadin anyway. I remain puzzled but see my surgeon for further discussion on this matter on Monday. For whatever reason my gut is telling me to go with a tissue valve.
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    Natural or Mechanial

    Pellicle, thank you for your advice and clarifying that by natural I meant tissue. If I understand your thought is if there are no other major health issues than go mechanical. I am worried how the coumadin my effect my health as I age.
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    Natural or Mechanial

    This is my first post and up to three weeks ago had no medical issues. I am now scheduled for surgery on March 25th to replace an aortic valve at Riverside Hospital in Columbus Ohio . I still have not decided the type of valve. I am 65 and in good health. I am leaning to a natural valve...