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  1. K

    Not a hug milestone compared to others, but today is 3 years

    # years ago at Cleveland Clinic Dr. Unai replaced my aortic valve and aortic aneurysm. I had a smooth recovery and been great ever since. Now if only the rest of my 61 year old body were in as good shape ;)
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    ELIQUIS trial for On-X valve patients

    So Cleveland Clinic called me today to ask if I was interested in joining the trial for Eliquis vs. Warfarin. I spent time talking to them about the trial and such and told them my concerns. I mentioned I was less than impressed with the On-X sampling to get 1.5-2.0 INR approved so was curious...
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    On-X trial for warfarin alternative treatment

    I received a Lerner in the mail for a new trial for On-X aortic valve folks to,try an alternative to warfarin. Did anyone else receive this? Sound interesting, bit not sure a possible twice daily pill is better than warfarin...
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    Just a simple 1 year now

    Well it has been 1 year ago that I received my On-X valve and aorta graft at Cleveland Clinic. I was diagnosed in 2007 and checked annually. Last year the aneurysm beat the valve to the punch by getting to be 5.1. Since I had plenty of time to plan I was 99% sure I was going mechanical and if I...
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    Anyone else been told they are at higher risk if they get Covid-19 being on warfarin?

    So I had my physical Friday. I am 59 had an On-X pit in aortic position 11 months ago. I have been very healthy and have no real high risk underlying factors for the virus. My doc said that while I am at lower risk for the virus if there are serious complications she states that if it gets into...
  6. K

    FDA approves TAVR for more than high risk patients

    https://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/structural-congenital-heart-disease/fda-expands-indication-tavr-low-risk-patients It looks like FDA is approving the use of TAVR for more wide spread use for lower risk patients. Not sure I would change my section of valve though.
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    Morning vs. evening anti-coagulation dose

    Seems all the recommendations are to take your warfarin in the evening. I see no scientific reason for this and find it easier to take my meds regularly in the AM. After 14 weeks I missed my first dose and realized it in the AM so used that as the trigger to move to morning dosing. Is everyone...
  8. K

    Minor milestone today, 3 months

    Well 3 months ago today I had my AVR and aortic aneurysm replaced. Other than damn pacing wires annoying me a lot lately, I feel amazing, no issues, chest is great. I can lift, push, pull and do whatever I was doing before. Kudos to Dr. Unai and Cleveland Clinic. I had my 3 month CT yesterday...
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    Shingrix and INR

    Any one here get the Shingrix vaccine on Coumadin? My INR was 2.6-3.1 and I got the vaccine a week ago and noticed besides the crappy side effects that my INR has dropped to 2.2 and even after slightly increasing my does still is only 2.3. Still easily in my range, but I like to see my INR at...
  10. K

    New to Coumadin and vitamin K

    So I just had a new mechanical valve put in 10 days ago. I was at 2.2 two days ago and get my next test tomorrow morning. I take 7.5mg a day for now. My diet includes a decent amount of Vitamin K via low sodium cold pressed organic vegetable juice that get some a lot of potassium as well as...
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