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  1. jyg

    NIH Reports TAVI/TAVR as more routine, open to moderate risk patients, and then some

    I know we had a post in this section from 2017, but this news from the NIH seems even brighter. I should have another 5 years at least with my 6 year old Epic. By the time I get my bioprosthetic replaced, I imagine low-risk/asymtpomatic TAVR patients will be common. Now I had a blimp of an...
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    Should my doctors be more concerned about BP?

    My BP is regularly 130-145/80-90. I take 75mg/day metoprolol. I'm about 30lbs overweight (5'6", 180lbs) and since the start of 2018 my exercise routine has been non-existent. I don't really watch my salt intake, though I don't go crazy with salt. I have naturally low total cholesterol (~130) I...
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    Abandoned pacemaker lead... or?

    This is really a two-parter. 1. After my AVR in 2013 the physician's assistant who removed my post-op pacemaker leads screwed up. The lead slipped from her fingers and snapped back into my chest. My surgeon's lieutenant assured me it wasn't a problem and especially not compared to opening me up...
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    Bioprosthetic Valve, Aspirin& Gout

    I'm 4.5 years out from my AVR now, bioprosthetic , so I take aspirin. There are other contributing factors, but I am sure that the aspirin is the worst, consistent factor giving me regular soreness and then the occasional full blown gout attack just by adding in three or four units alcohol. I...
  5. jyg

    A lot more PVCs lately

    I'm almost 4 years out from my AVR with a bioprosthetic valve and a chunk of my proximal and innominate artery replaced with a Dacron graft. Right after surgery I had a lot of PVCs, that's to be expected. After a few months the cardio and I finally settled on 75mg/day for metoprolol. I am very...
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    81mg Aspirin, and then another NSAID as needed?

    Hello VR friends, I did some searching on VR.org before I wrote this question and all I saw were answers in reference to questions about warfarin plus NSAIDs, not doubling up if you already take 81mg daily. So, obviously, I take 81mg daily, and no other thinners, for my bioprosthetic aortic...
  7. jyg

    Post-op breathing/inspired volume

    Since surgery (11/05/2013) the symptoms have improved. I'm not too worried and atelectasis was ruled some time ago with an x-ray about a week after going home. To be honest, I haven't been the most consistent with the breathing exercises (with those plastic inhale/exhale devices). At 9 weeks...
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    Advice: Beta-blocks, intense dreams, oxycodone and melatonin - better sleep

    Just wanted to relay my experience for getting better sleep. I hope this helps someone. Being post-op was such a relief for me. I can finally fall asleep without all sorts of crap swimming through my head. In fact, I've had to go to sleep with, at first, music and then podcasts and talk...
  9. jyg

    I've shied away, but I owe you all at least this much

    For those who remember my struggle with valve choice, any everything else pre-op, thank you for all your replies. In a nutshell, I had the huge aneurysm in my proximal arch repaired and aortic valve replaced by Dr. Vincent Gaudiani on 11/5/2013 at California Pacific Medical Center in San...
  10. jyg

    That Mayo Clinic video which promotes MHV over THV...

    This one: http://mayo.img.entriq.net/htm/MayoP...articleID=4071 by Dr. Hartzell V. Schaff @ Mayo. So I watched it fully. It was interesting but I wasn't overly impressed by the continuous stream of survival rate graphs where mechanical valve data was always on top. I've read a lot of studies...
  11. jyg

    7 days to go...

    ... and I still haven't decided. I think I know what many will say when done reading this, as most of you out there are on the other side of this decision and have a vested interest in maintaining a positive outlook on what is and will be the AVR reality for the rest of your lives. But I...
  12. jyg

    Saved posts... saved to where?

    I noticed that as I take my sweet time to type a post I see an occasional little yellow message telling me that my unpublished post as been "auto saved". Is there a way to access these saved messages later on if I don't actually get to posting before shutting down my computer? thanks!
  13. jyg

    Warding off post-op back/shoulder pain? Stretching before surgery?

    After hearing about potential back and shoulder injury before open heart surgery, I've been wondering (with 8 days left) if it would help to acutely stretch those and/or other areas of the body. Any experience or advice with this? Any physical therapists on the forums?
  14. jyg

    Android pill reminder app?

    I've seen and tried more than a few pill reminder apps from Google's Play Store. I've also looked into more generic reminder apps too. I cannot seem to find one that has a combination of these features: 1. Will sound an alarm during a reminder no matter my current sound settings. 2. Will...
  15. jyg

    Hello, and a question, sort of.

    Hello. I'm glad to have found you all. I've (mostly) enjoyed reading your posts (as some have scared the crap out of me) since I found out about this place after I learned of my need for AVR on Sept 9. My bicuspid aortic valve (fused leaflet) has been a known part of my physiology since I was...
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