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    Mechanical Valve

    @Redone , I remember when I had to have my aortic valve replace in 1997, I was all hell bent on having the Ross procedure. I dreaded the thought of having to be on ACT for the rest of my life. I remember waking up in the ICU and my wife was beside me and I remember her breaking the news to me...
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    Medication Change

    Which med are they trying to get you to use? I had one that was quite expensive, but we were able to get a manufacturers coupon and I think I only pay $20 or so for three months supply. Many of those new meds are crazy expensive. The one they put me on though I like as I have lost 20 lbs over...
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    Post-op Warfarin

    I really frustrates me when I see a clinic making what I consider big adjustments (anything more than 10%). I don't recommend self adjusting, but you need to have an idea of what the adjustment should be. There has been some outstanding advice on this forum, so listen to what is being said and...
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    Medication Change

    Nice job... I prefer to call it Met-fart-min. :)
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    The one case you have the red box around looks perfect. I just ordered one. Hopefully the unit will fit in one of the pockets. Nice part is I can also store by glucose tester in it too. I remember the old testers. I had bought one in the early 2000's. I forget who made it, but I recall I...
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    No, I bought mine used, and it was just the unit. Those cases are nice for the ladies I guess, but was looking for something that was more plain like the original one.
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    The method in the manual was how I did the first test, and it was an error 5. Who knows.... On a different note, does anyone know where to find a little carry case for the device, the finger pricker, and the tube of test strips for when I travel? I really don't want to just throw this loose...
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    How did you discover your valve issue?

    My heart issue was discovered when I was 3 by my pediatrician. I then went to a peds cardiologist, who I stayed with until I was in my 30's. I had a CoART repair when I was 7, but then they waited to do the valve repair. I was encouraged to be active (just no wrestling or weight lifting) as a...
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    Okay.. maybe the side is (I always give it a nice sized drop of blood). When I go to the Coumadin Clinic, they have the hospital version of the tester, and he always takes the unit, and slides the strip across the blood drop (sort of like sliding a butter knife across your finger so that the...
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    OKay, so I received my Coaguchek meter today, and I have never had an issue with testing in the past with my other testers (not CoaguChek), but I have gotten three Error 5 results in a row. Before I waste a 4th strip, what could be causing this? In the manual it just says Error applying blood...
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    mRNA vaccine AHA abstract

    Yes interesting. I wonder how the PLUS scores change without the vaccine but if they had COVID?
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    So you've been diagnosed with a heart valve issue ...

    I will say, the day after the surgery, I felt like a VW Bus had hit me. Day two, I felt like a moped hit me, etc. For me the complication I had was one of my lungs collapsed (pneumothorax). I didn't even notice it, but they had to insert a tube into my side and apply suction over a period...
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    MRI Yesterday

    Hi all, I had my annual MRI yesterday on my heart, and in the results, there was something that I had not seen before. I'm hoping someone is able to translate what this means for me while I wait to speak with my cardiologist. Anyhow, in the results, they stated "There is a perimembranous/inlet...
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    31 years on Warfarin

    Okay... I take it you had a bicuspid aortic valve? My aortic root was dialated when I had my valve job, so they replaced that at the same time.
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    So you've been diagnosed with a heart valve issue ...

    Great write up @pellicle! One thing I will add, which comes after the surgery. Listen to the nurses. They are there to help you, and although they may not have had the surgery done to them, they know what is best for you and your recovery. Trust me, they want to help you and will help you...
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    31 years on Warfarin

    You say aneurysm... I've had three of those. Where were yours if you don't mind sharing? I had a CoART so I had two in my head, and one in my subclavian. One in my head hemorrhaged back in 2000, the other was clipped a year later. The one in the subclav has been staying as is (no growth in...
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    Yes, that darn INRatio meter. You know, you talk about the Roche's meter's doing a self test, but I believe the INRatio also did a self test, which is why I never understood the issue with the test strips. I still have a few strips (well past their expiration) and I have used them at times...
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    What he meant is I shoudl talk with the people at the Coumadin Clinic as they coordinate using the home testing with BioTel. I get all that, but as I stated above, my insurance does not cover the service,
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    5th month anniversay lingering symptoms

    I had my valve replacement back in 1997, so I am trying to recall what I felt like 5 months after surgery, but if I recall correctly, It took me almost a year to start to feel really good. You need to remember that you body had a very invasive procedure to it. I was 28 when I had mine done and...
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    Home Testing since COVID?

    I'm glad your insurance covers that Tom... unfortunatly, my insurance refuses to cover it. Hopefully someday that will change, but for now, I can go monthly to the coumadin clinic, or when my work forces me to miss my appointment, I may go longer than I should between INR screenings. This is...
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