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  1. Paleowoman

    Just found out.

    Hi Monica - the murmur from my bicuspid aortic valve was heard when I was in my mid 20s but I didn't need surgery to replace the valve until I was 60 ! I had a TEE (called TOE in the UK) under general anaesthetic so it was no problem for me. Hope your cardiology appointment went well.
  2. Paleowoman

    Message for British members

    Passing this on: This year as part of Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week 2022, Heart Valve Voice is taking a petition to 10 Downing Street, to ask Government to increase funding for diagnosis and care of people with severe aortic stenosis. Sign Heart Valve Voice’s petition to help prevent...
  3. Paleowoman

    13 year Edwards Magna Perimount Anniversary

    Congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary and on your 13th year with your bovine valve ! You certainly have a lot of bicuspid in your family. I seem to be the only one in my family, no one else had heart, or has heart, issues.
  4. Paleowoman

    The story and concerns surrounding my AVR in 2014

    Hi libermana ! I too had my AVR in 2014 and got a Magna Ease Pericardial Tissue Valve (I think you'll find it's bovine tissue not pig tissue). Mine is 19mm which is too small for me so I have 'moderate patient prosthesis mismatch' and I am monitored with echos every year as the pressure...
  5. Paleowoman

    Can Calcium pill cause calcification of heart valve

    Calcium supplements have been linked to increased heart attack risk and to calcification of heart valves. Most calcium supplements are calcium carbonate (chalk) or calcium citrate. Neither are anything like the calcium which occurs in food. I have osteoporosis - I have never been advised to...
  6. Paleowoman

    Ivabradine. Anyone tried this to lower heart rate?!

    I've tried Ivabradine. A few years ago I saw a cardiologist for an expert echocardiogram. My heart rate varies from around 70 to 85, occasionally higher, and imho that's normal, in fact normal heart rate is described as being between 70 and 100. Whenever I have an echo it seems to be around 90...
  7. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    Bonjour @d333gs ! I eat a very low carbohydrate diet. I eat meat, eg beef, lamb, pork, chicken (organically reared pasture fed), fish, eggs, cheese, milk in tea, some nuts, non-starchy low carb vegetables eg asparagus, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, courgettes, broccoli, aubergine, peppers, okra...
  8. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    Hi @d333gs - What about carbs ? Dairy as in cheese has zero to minute amounts of carb, and red meat contains none which is good when you're diabetic or pre-diabetic. What carb foods and how much of them do you eat ? They are the most important factor when it comes to blood glucose levels and...
  9. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    Bonjour, Have you read what I quoted twice from Diabetes UK re Prof Tim Noakes, a professor of sports medicine and exercise who has written extensively about diet and exercise, who discovered he was diabetic when his glucose levels rose sharply with intense exercise when he was on a high...
  10. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    Brexit hasn’t helped. We will be back in the Languedoc, we’ll rent a gîte for holidays but that won’t be the same as owning a little bit of France :cry: We had our place there for nearly twenty years and felt a little bit French, especially as people there are so friendly.
  11. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    Bonjour @d333gs - Did you notice that bit I highlighted in bold in previous message from Diabetes UK about Prof Tim Noakes, one of the authors of 'Diabetes Unpacked' and a Prof of sports medicine, who wrote about his diagnosis of Type 2 when a study in a research paper he wrote showed his blood...
  12. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    I tested like you do ! And I do eat occasional salads....your sockeye salmon one sounds right up my street. I wil also eat a goat's cheese with bacon lardons salad - minus the bread which others have with that ! I was going to recommend Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101 too - you beat me to it ...
  13. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    My A1c is 5.2. Hypoglycaemia is usually defined as under 3.9. If you feel uncomfortable with a blood glucose level of 7 that will surely be because you are not used to that level and that you must be used to being on higher blood glucose levels - which means diabetes. You haven’t told us what...
  14. Paleowoman

    Blood sugar levels , stress hormones , over exercise; Heads Up

    Hi @d333gs - I was diagnosed with diabetes fifteen years ago, I got it into complete remission about four years ago and the diagnosis has been removed from my medical record. I note you say about your blood glucose levels: Those levels are high. What do you eat that gives you levels of 12 and...
  15. Paleowoman

    Post Surgery long-term followup with cardiologist

    It's all digital TV here too Pellicle, and we don't have one of those boxes either. When I watch a DVD it's on a computer with DVD drive. TV generally seemed to go downhill with the proliferation of channels. When I had AVR the nursing staff made a note of the fact that I never turned on the TV...
  16. Paleowoman

    Post Surgery long-term followup with cardiologist

    We haven't got a TV but some years ago a friend alerted me to how good the TV series 'House' was. I bought the DVD set of the first season and was hooked - I've watched all eight seasons of it ! The later ones got rather off track away from Dr House's diagnostic detective work but still they...
  17. Paleowoman

    VitD and bio AVR

    Hi RAS - 50 mcg is 2,000 IU - perhaps you should take a higher dose ? I take 2,500 IU per day but I know of many people who take upwards of 5,000 IU per day. I don't take more than 2,500 IU per day because I get my vitamin D levels tested every six months by my GP and my levels are in the...
  18. Paleowoman

    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    That is really interesting that a neurologist you saw said they see this all the time with people who've been on the heart lung machine ! I once found a link to an article about neurological complications of heart surgery where it mentions "complications from bypass surgery can include vision...
  19. Paleowoman

    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    I've never had warfarin nor aspirin, but my migraine auras without headache started the day after open heart surgery just over 8 years ago and they continue. The doctor on the cardiac ward said they're often happen after heart surgery. I reckon it's to do with the heart lung machine but it...
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