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  1. pellicle

    The story and concerns surrounding my AVR in 2014

    Hi and good evening (about to hit the hay here in the land of down under) that's a well regarded valve from a good company and getting 8 years is on the low end but I suspect that the average time is closer to 10 ... if you're active (exersize wise) then that will also as I understand...
  2. pellicle

    Is it safe to fast?

    but they can eat at night right? Fasting during Ramadan means abstinence from all food or drink, including water and chewing gum, from dawn to sunset in hot dry country that seems like a pretty stupid thing to do to me. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525471/ but then given...
  3. pellicle

    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    interesting perspective, and in societies where medical systems are publically funded I believe that there is less "informed patient choice" and more mechanical valve + Anti Coagulation Therapy. To get answers, I often say "follow the money" From 2012: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES REPORTS THIRD QUARTER...
  4. pellicle

    Bradycardia but blood pressure okay - one month after OHS

    there comes a point where if you give up so much goodness you have to ask yourself what sort of life is it? btw I usually eat 70% cocoa (to reduce the sugar)
  5. pellicle

    Bradycardia but blood pressure okay - one month after OHS

    with a side of mac and cheese LOL just ... thanks for sharing ... made my morning
  6. pellicle

    The story and concerns surrounding my AVR in 2014

    Hi and welcome What sort of valve did you have? edited your quote by paragaraph breaks only: Sorry to read about the endocarditis and it would seem that (as I observe is the norm) the medical system treats your body but does little (if nothing) to allay the concerns of the the mind; which...
  7. pellicle

    Bleeding issue

    Well, I'm Pellicle, but you can call me Dave if you like :)
  8. pellicle

    Bradycardia but blood pressure okay - one month after OHS

    my most sincere advice is find someone else excellent ... and good timing really. Best Wishes
  9. pellicle

    Bleeding issue

    Hi there well firstly I would present this: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4998867/ the whole thing is worth a read, but the conclusion is IMO sufficient In conclusion, the available evidence does not support current advice to modify dietary habits when starting therapy with...
  10. pellicle

    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    exactly my point ... he seemed mean, but his heart (or spirit) was always in the right place. :-)
  11. pellicle

    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Hey Chilly if you want to reach out I can perhaps give you some help on managing your INR better. The 1.5 is a mild concern (and if its often, then a more significant concern) but 3.9 is pretty well fine. If it puts your mind at ease a very extensive study (over 2000 patients and over a number...
  12. pellicle

    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    pardon me, but "like WTF"? firstly I think its way too early to make a comment like that when someone is actually being helpful. Men should be able to talk to each other like men (not purposely taking offense like a bunch of fragile snowflakes). An adult should be able to accept that "there is...
  13. pellicle

    Bradycardia but blood pressure okay - one month after OHS

    Hi and welcome I had a look at your bio and your age is missing from that (don't need exact DoB, but to within a year or two would be helpful (if you feel the need to obfuscate your personal data) ok ... that sounds pretty good for post surgery. excellent ... seems ideal to me (but then...
  14. pellicle

    Is it safe to fast?

    I can't imagine why it wouldn't be but then equally during a time of your body healing from a rather massive surgery (and were it not for modern medicine including antibiotics equivalent to a fatal wound) it would be (to my mind) critical to eat well during this period. I would of course skip...
  15. pellicle

    Need for pacemaker post-AVR?

    If it's dead or alive I'd pick remaining alive too, it's just that many hope to have life return to normal (is at least better than pre surgery levels). There are quite a few posters here under 60 (indeed under 40), who would be pretty bummed by that outcome. I know that Eps was nonchalant...
  16. pellicle

    Remote INR taking over Coaguchek

    and that's exactly what I thought when I saw my image wasn't there, so I've edited my post and put it there again. Odd
  17. pellicle

    Need for pacemaker post-AVR?

    Hi Debster, hope you're well I guess the thing I have about pacemakers is how I would have felt at 45 getting one, even at 55 I would have been an interference to my outdoor activity and to my lifestyle (different countries, moving around ... ). I expect to someone who's 61 (not far off for...
  18. pellicle

    Four and a half weeks after SAVR

    Hi and welcome aboard guidance (and to be honest prudence) would suggest 8 weeks. The sternum is a very thin and flexible bone. Trust me, you do not want to have an injury during healing leading to consequences that I'm sure you haven't yet entertained. Stationary bike should be ok, as long as...
  19. pellicle

    Remote INR taking over Coaguchek

    assuming you mean the lid of the container, its interesting if you look into the inside of the lid, it contains a drying agent hidden by a thin paper panel.
  20. pellicle

    Remote INR taking over Coaguchek

    the box has a circle of adhesive tape covering over the lid sealing it curiously the base does not.
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