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    How did you discover your valve issue?

    So interesting to read everyone’s story… ”Normal” life until I was pregnant with my first child at 29: routine prenatal check-up and the doctor hears some murmur. Not concerned but sends me for an echo. Echo done just before the move to another country so no follow up with the previous doc...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    Admittedly, I quick glanced over your post this morning since I have a house full of hormonal teens/young adults on a spring break/online uni/ regular schooling - one has to be assertive here with finding a peaceful moment to focus! Joys! I am glad though because your follow up comments sure...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    Thanks again, Pellicle! Very much appreciate all the info you share in your blog posts! I read most of them right after my surgery in 2018, need some refreshed reading to reabsorb the info now. Yes, 2.5 is the sweet spot. Thanks to this forum and many of your posts, I am not too concerned...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    Thank you, Pellicle! Just starting the day here and saw your message! it is an interesting possibility re: reagent, and I will mention it to the folks at the hospital clinic when they call today. Don’t think I have any particular blood issues,certainly no outwardly signs or symptoms of one so...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    Reading through Amy’s tread sure makes me glad I no longer have to negotiate with my US cardio to start self-testing. While she was more competent and agreeable than your doc, she still was not keen at all to let me test at home. The struggle is real, and there are very few doctors willing to go...
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    Anti-coagulation and travel

    I know for sure that you cannot just walk into a pharmacy in Canada and purchase Warfarin or any other anticoagulant. Need to have a prescription form a Canadian doctor, even if you have a standing order from your regular doctor in your country of origin/permanent residence. In fact, you cannot...
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    Corona Virus Feb 2020

    Whether we are more prone to succumb to infection/develop severe complications or not is one thing ( personally, I think that we are high risk no matter how fit and healthy one is), what worries me is that we are pretty much “no-go” at triage when things get really tough. Aggressive treatment...
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    Corona Virus Feb 2020

    Thank you! Hello from Roseville! Hope your husband gets over the bug. Weird cold going around, seems to hang on for a while, Mine started with fever spikes up to 103, some sore throat, congestion... then a few days of nasty cough, back to slight congestion and mild occasional cough now. Only...
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    Corona Virus Feb 2020

    Hello everyone! I wish I had joined in happier times when my only concern was getting on with life while my mechanical valve kept ticking on... i have been reading this forum since the summer of 2018 when I was diagnosed with AAA. Operated in October 2018, Medtronic mechanical valve and aortic...
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