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    How did you discover your valve issue?

    During an office visit. Doctor said my murmur was loud. His eyes opened wide, so I knew it was trouble. He referred me to a cardiologist, who said little to me. Since then I have had 3 other cardiologists. All agreed. The first doctor also discovered cancer years before that--but that's another...
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    Doctors & Nurses - THANK YOU!!

    Agree. I finally got a lot of attention from nurses...but for the wrong reasons LOL
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    Do you take the full echocardiogram test with imaging, treadmill?

    Four years after my double bipass and valve replacement, my doctor ordered this "deluxe" echo test. I have no symptoms of new heart trouble. With my BlueCross, it is $250. or 10% of total. I wonder, why did I need this? (It was normal.) Usually tests are $50.00. I don't want to take...
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    Four years after

    It is now 4 years since my double bipass and valvereplacement. Seems longer. Cannot complain. I was well taken care of. Took major stress test last week.
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    Covid Vaccines

    Never underestimate the naivety, stupidity and gullibility of hordes of American voters, mostly uneducated, unsophisticated. Someone once said, if fascism ever comes to America or another democracy, it will be thrust with patriotism. Well, at least Trump has a funny sense of humor.
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    Doctors & Nurses - THANK YOU!!

    If you care to tell more nurses, try visiting ALLNURSES website. Very active nurse members from world. Interesting perspectives and info, and some bad stories, too.
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    As I suspected: Emotional stress including depression, insomnia, stress and loneliness induce heart disease

    I read about this once in a book from the Seventies, I think. No assumption I assume. Physically, how would lonely depressed feelings alter valves and high blood pressure? My cardiologist said that this isn't true. Anger is linked to heart disease he says. I do not trust empirical...
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    Cardiologists - Enemies or Humans?

    I have had 4 different cardiologists, none talkative. One laughed in the clinic (My comment is hilarious?).They do the minimum because I am interrupting their day, it seems. Maybe they are bored or uninterested . Typically they walk out the door in the middle of talking. Professional rudeness...
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    I love licorice too, but

    I stopped eating all licorice because it creates cavities, sticks to my teeth or might pull out my teeth. Anise is safer
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    Doing valve replacement overseas without insurance

    Do you have the cash to spend on it? No credit is permitted? For U.S. surgeons, I found a website 3 years ago that provides details on each one's success rate in types of surgeries. My surgeon at a small hospital near Chicago is listed with around 97% success rate. Most heart surgeons have high...
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    Doing valve replacement overseas without insurance

    Scenario 2 looks best to me. Have it done there, if you trust the doctor and he has a very high success rate, over 95%, as mine did. I found the data online in a survey. I also am very alone with nobody I can rely on. Single. I went through rehab alone at home with no company, no assistance...
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    Three years ago it happened.

    Three years since my double bipass and valve replacement. No problems since. Still see my doc every 6 months for checkup. No new medicines. Very grateful!
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    How has it been since your Valve replacement?

    Three years ago. Double bipass and valve. No problems since, thank God. I am so grateful.
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    antibiotic ciproflaxcin

    Have any of you taken this medicine and later on developed heart problem as side effect? Or tendon problem? A study done last year showed that .9% of patients had some mitral regurgitation. I don't know what regurgitation feels like, but I had it prior to my surgery almost 3 years ago. I'm...
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    52 years on ONE valve

    wow to your good fortune------ thanks for the memories? That is supposed to be for the good times....Bob Hope's theme song.
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    14 Year Anniversary!

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    Is this a routine cleaning or a deep cleaning? A routine cleaning takes half an hour or less and a deep cleaning an hour, much more severe. You can skip the routine cleaning for now (unless you have a problem) and take the antibiotic whenever you go as I do, regardless of what the dentist says...
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    Are porcine valves kosher?

    It is one thing to exclude pork for traditional religious reasons and your conscience, but then a theological issue whether God would care or knows whether someone eats pork or utilizes it to save their life. Pure speculation.
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    Dental hygiene benefits

    My dentist has been saying this to me. Maintain your dental health! It is often undervalued and neglected.
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    72 year old surgeon

    I know of a doctor who is 80 and still working. But he is not a surgeon.