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    Back On Track For Paravalvular Leak Closure

    Love this quote....going up on my wall so I remember that every day!
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    Ok what is this about?

    Hi Esvaja, Sorry to hear about how you are feeling. I had my surgery in March and am 7 weeks post now. I too still have numbness on one side of my chest, although it is slowly returning feeling, and the hypersensitivity is gradually decreasing. So it might be just a matter of time, and being...
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    Elevated Liver enzymes post op

    Interesting....I have also had abnormal liver results. Was sent for a second scan last week, but don't get any results until later this week.
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    Heart Rate Variability

    I am 7 weeks post surgery and had variable heart rate for the first 5 to 6 weeks, with a resting HR of 90 to 100. My cardiologist said that he wasn't too concerned, that it would settle around 6 weeks mark, and that it was because the heart doesnt like to be touched. Sure enough, by the end of...
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    Did you have a follow-up echo 4-6 weeks post-op?

    Hi Amy, my surgeon required a post op echo prior to discharge, so that was 9 days after surgery. My cardiologist wanted an ECG at the 4 week check, and the surgeon has asked for a repeat at the upcoming 8 week check.
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    Post Surgery update

    Hi Amy, No new stretches to report sorry! Physio believes I am currently in the "freezing" stage of a frozen shoulder - bugger! Not what I wanted to hear! Have to admit it has rocked me a bit, although I did have a sneaky suspicion in the back of my mind, but hoping against hope that it wasn't...
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    2nd OHS at 67 April 26/2021

    Sorry to hear this, what a bugger! Hope you get through it ok.
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    2nd OHS at 67 April 26/2021

    Great to hear you are doing so well. Every day will make a difference.
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    Chest tightness/numbness/hypersensitivity

    I had mine removed about 2 years post surgery...got to the point I couldn't stand the seat belt across them, and anytime they got bumped it became very painful. Because I am so thin, they were quite noticeable lumps. I was surprised that I only had a couple of bandaids afterwards, but the...
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    Post Surgery update

    Sure, will do! I try to walk about 4 km, usually between 35 -45 mins. I don't know if that is a fast pace or not, but I push my pace, so I am now walking so that I am slightly out of breath and couldn't hold a conversation. It includes some hills. Stairs are still a problem for me, I still...
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    Post Surgery update

    My physio is just a stock standard physio. Will see what joy she brings me today. One thing I also want to get some help on is improving my posture..I find I am not as upright as I used to be but think that may be just the natural tendency to adopt a position that protects a place that hurts...
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    Chest tightness/numbness/hypersensitivity

    Man, if I had seen that before I had my wires removed, I probably wouldn't have done it! But I only had a couple of bandaids and massive bruising to show for it, so there must be different ways of doing it. So far, this time round, the wires are very flat, and I can't even feel them, so maybe...
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    Post Surgery update

    Hi Hi Amy, I'm going pretty well...I think I have turned a corner of sorts! Today marks my 6 week anniversary of surgery and I drove for the first time! Aahh, how wonderful to have independence back! the only problem I had was with my shoulder, and had to be careful in not stretching the...
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    Imminent AVR - 40 y.o. female - advice please

    Hi Amy, I have a heat pack that I love, and I'm being very consistent with my shoulder rolls and stretches and have started some exercise with a very light stretchy band to help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. Have to go pretty easy with that but I think it's helping. Yep, the tennis ball...
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    Imminent AVR - 40 y.o. female - advice please

    I've been told to wait for 6 weeks, but I had a full sternotomy. I am 5 weeks post surgery today, and I'm not sure I would feel confident yet in driving. I still have a good deal of discomfort from the sternum when I move, but also have bad shoulder pain, that would seriously limit me driving...
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    Aortic Valve Choices

    I'm not sure. I have tinnitus as well but I don't know whether that makes me more or less aware of the heart sounds.
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    Aortic Valve Choices

    Yes, it is something I have always been aware of, even with my first surgery, but I think it is definitely exaggerated post surgery from 5 weeks ago. I expect it will settle again and it won't be so noticeable as time goes by.
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    Aortic Valve Choices

    No, not particularly. I had the same issue with the previous valve. I am a very small person, and my cardiologist indicated that because I don't have any "padding", it is more noticeable. I think the hearing of the heart beat is actually hearing the pulse through the carotid arteries, which...
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    2nd OHS scheduled for April 19th 2021, at 67 yrs

    Best of luck for the upcoming surgery, and a trouble free recovery.
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    I've crossed the line into severe and need to make a decision

    Thanks Chuck, there are a couple I can add in. Even though they can be uncomfortable to do, they sure do help to get things moving and lubricated as you say.
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