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    Low INR question

    The general range for mechanical valves in the aortic position is 2-3. AFAIK, the range of 2-2.5 is specific for St. Jude mechanical valves and it's well accepted. Like the range for Onyx is 1.5-2. There are general ranges and valve-specific ranges. When it comes to a 0.5 range being hard...
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    Low INR question

    Rereading your first post, it appears that the reason for your stroke, the pacemaker lead, is gone, hence they want to manage your INR for your valve which is a range of 1.5-2. The fact they cured the reason for your stroke is a good thing. If it wasn't for your valve, you wouldn't be on...
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    Morning vs. evening anti-coagulation dose

    If you split the dose you have 2x as many chances to miss a dose :) Really though, warfarin therapy is not an exact science and doesn't have to be. The INR is not a measurement of a physical property, like iron in your blood, but a ratio of coagulation rates. You have a target range not a...
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    Help please

    For the future, if you use CVS and Wallgreens, they have locations all around the country and you can get drugs through their system at other locations. My daughter did that when she was in college and going between home and school. My urologist offered to call in a prescription whenever...
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    Still struggling cardio wise running, etc. 2.8 years after Aortic Valve replacement

    I wouldn't worry about crashing a bike while on warfarin. Lots of people on this forum ride bikes and eat rat poison :) He needs a helmet but nowadays that's common. You might want to counsel him to wear long pants and sleeves in case he falls, but that still isn't really necessary. Riding a...
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    CT Scans.

    If you want to judge relative risk, think of this...If your aneurysm bursts you are dead. CT and MRI machines use different processes. From US NIH: MRIs employ powerful magnets which produce a strong magnetic field that forces protons in the body to align with that field. When a...
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    Cbd oil

    I've not seen of any reported effects between warfarin and CBD oil or any other cannabis products. I have a friend who has cancer and he uses it and takes a lot of other drugs. No interactions. He says that not all CBD oil is the same, investigate what you buy. As a cancer survivor he gets a...
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    Still struggling cardio wise running, etc. 2.8 years after Aortic Valve replacement

    Maybe he just doesn't like running. I struggled with running, but that's because I hated it, especially at age 13. I think running and working out is an unusual type of insanity designed for people who are addicted to brain endorphins :) I do like to swim and bike and walk. Ever look at the...
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    My mom was a "difficult" patient, complete with bound book where she wrote down every doctor's name and what they said during their visits to her room. Interns would straighten up when she'd pull out the book, pen and ask for their name. She also recorded all her medications and why they were...
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    Family planning

    Don't know what you mean by "normally presents a murmur". Each of us is different and with a death range from 18-80 for BAV, not sure what "normal" is. I just had my cariologist appointment and asked about BAV and related tissue connective problems since my father had an abdominal aneurysm. I...
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    Dog got Sick

    Congratulations on Zoey! My dog had heartworms and she's been doing good for at least 4 years now. She had some permanent heart damage, so she's on Lasik (just like a human). She doesn't like the heat, but she's also a hedonist.
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    Anyone order Warfarin from India/Canada/other countries without prescription?

    Generic warfarin is pretty cheap on my plan <$5 for a 60 ct supply and I have a $10 standard copay. Maybe they should try a different pharmacy. CVS, Wallgreens, Costco and Walmart are popular for low prices on routine medications where I live. On-line pharmacy for my plan gives a 30%...
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    I’m just tired of taking warfarin

    Way to go Rob! :) We all get rough spots and sometimes we need help getting back up...
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    It is time... and hello again.

    Your aorta has not changed in 10 years. The trigger for this surgery seems to be a new device. Some questions you might want to ask: Why is the surgery needed before next year? What is the history of device failures and complications? How long has the device been successfully implanted and...
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    Family planning

    I read an Italian study about deaths from BAV collected from autopsies. The ages of death were 18-80 with the median at about 55. Although you may think that most BAV patients need surgery after 50, this is not the case with deaths. These people died due to BAV that was undetected. Due to...
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    I know what declining AVR means since I witnessed it. However the person was in their 80s and you are not. Plus, they had comorbidities that could not be addressed with the AVR that I think reared their ugly heads once her valve was fixed and she lived longer. Even so, she had a number of...
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    They did a study of intensive care patients. They found that patients characterized as "difficult" by hospital staff actually had a higher success rate (# of days in ICU and lower death rate) than non-difficult patients. They didn't assign a cause but postulated better nursing care due to...
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    I’m just tired of taking warfarin

    I know the feeling. I take 7 meds at once in the evening, two at bed and two in the morning. Some days...f****-it is all that comes to mind. If I do that with the meds before bed, my allergies remind me of the consequences a few times a night, when I wake up and most of the morning. It...
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    Family planning

    I have two kids and first they said nothing about screening, but that's changed. Insurance paid for an echo for both (24 and 30). Came back negative in both cases. If you adopt, you wouldn't know about the BAV or AAA ahead of time unless there is a murmur so it's just as blind as giving...
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    AVR in Poetry

    In the 8/19 issue of the New Yorker magazine, there is a poem by Ciaran Carson entitled "Claude Monet, 'The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil,' 1880" The first few lines read: Today I thought I'd just take a lie-down, and drift. So here I am listening To the tick of my mechanical aortic...
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