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    Edwards Resilia Inspiris Aortic Valve

    Hi Everyone, Hope all my VR friends are doing well. I just got back from my second valve replacement at The Cleveland Clinic. Some of you old timers may remember me when I had my bicuspid aortic valve replaced in February of 2010. At that time Dr Gillinov chose the Edwards bovine Perimount valve...
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    New to this side of the mountain!

    Sneeze prevention tip Sneeze prevention tip Hi EchoGuy, How are you doing? I'm starting Cardiac Rehab this morning so I've just got a moment to turn you on to a great tip to prevent sneezing. It works about 80% of the time, which is worth its weight in gold when your recovering from AVR. When...
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    New to this side of the mountain!

    AWESOME NEWS ECHOGUY.......... Keep up the great work! Visualize yourself running like the wind on your favorite course to enhance your healing. Looking forward to continue hearing about your rapid and problem free recovery. Your fellow VR runner, 2Leafer.......I mean 3Leafer :-)
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    2Leafer AVR Update

    Hi Everyone, Sorry I haven't posted an update since before flying home from The Cleveland Clinic. All went really well on the flights home. Over 10 hours of travel time and I enjoyed every moment of it. My first flight from Cleveland to Chicago was delayed so I had to take an American Airlines...
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    2leafer released on friday

    Hello to my VR Family of Friends, WOW, what a shock when I went online on Friday at The Clinic and saw all the changes with this site. I was too busy with all the doctors and nurses in preparation for my release to give it much energy. Glad I didn't as when I got to the hotel last night and...
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    Post Aortic Valve Replacement Arrhythmias

    In my research for my upcoming AVR I have discovered many cases of arrhythmias, especially A-Fib, that has occurred as a result of valve replacement. Cleveland Clinic responded to my inquiry stating "Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia after heart surgery and can prolong hospitalization...
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    Mini-sternotomy avr

    I am having my AVR done by Dr. Gillinov at The Cleveland Clinic where he will be performing the procedure minimally invasive via a "mini-sternotomy". I am aware that this is better because of less trauma and bleeding, less pain, and a faster recovery. I would like to know if anyone has had their...
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    An Interactive Chat with a Cleveland Clinic Surgeon

    Thought I'd post what appears to be a great opportunity to participate in a live chat with a Cleveland Clinic surgeon. It is available through Adam Pick's HeartValveSurgery.com website as a recent blog...
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    "In the waiting room??" What qualifies???

    Thought I'd chime in on this one. I first found out about my BAV in 1990 when I got endocarditis the first time and I got my first echo. Prior to that I was told I just had a murmur and probably got it from rhuematic fever when I was a child. It was then that I was placed in the waiting room. I...
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    Traveling Alone for Surgery

    Thank You All very much for your replies. I am 60 years old and I will have help once I return home. My lady friend lives across the street so I'll be covered 24/7 until I'm on my own. I plan on going to cardiac rehap ASAP as I've read how dramatic it can be towards a faster recovery. My...
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    Traveling Alone for Surgery

    I will be traveling alone to the Cleveland Clinic from Bend, Oregon in February for aortic valve replacement. I live alone and don't have anyone to travel with me. I'm asymptomatic with the exception of some mild discomfort and arrythmias, in good condition, and would be skiing if I wasn't...
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    Facial Edema

    I have a bicuspid aortic valve that has finally progressed to the severe/critical state after 20 years of knowing about it. I decided to travel from Central Oregon to the Cleveland Clinic and have Dr. Gillinov perform the surgery scheduled for Feb. 22, 2010. He is very busy or I'd have it done...
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