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    Chest pain AFTER exercise?

    Just a thought...Andrew....do you have GERD (acid reflux)? I have this and have had chest pain associated with it in the past (independent of exercise). I do have milld-moderate pulmonary regurgitation/stenosis, which as of last year the cardiologist felt it could still be monitored. Wishing...
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    The End of an Era and a New Beginning

    Glad to hear! Yes, this forum is invaluable for information and support. In the past few years, it has become a little more 'quiet'. Let's hope that some more 'lurkers' will come out and join us. Again...welcome!
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    The End of an Era and a New Beginning

    Hi Gord, Welcome to the forum. I noticed in another thread that you said that you made a post that no one responded to. I wonder if it was this one? If so, you may want to start a new thread to introduce yourself as your intro may not have been read. Thanks again Hank for all you have done...
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    Photo of my prosthetic aortic valve

    Very cool, Anne! Thanks for sharing...
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    The Future of ValveReplacement.org

    Hi Angie, Thank you for your introduction as well as sharing your own personal story with a family member undergoing valve surgery. Glad it all worked out for him. I would like to echo others thoughts re: the new site in that I am happy with the 'refreshed and innovative' look so far. Nothing...
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    The End of an Era and a New Beginning

    Hank, A heartfelt thanks to you and Michelle for all you have done to keep this forum up and running over the years. I agree with others, there is NO other forum that exists such as this one for support for those and loved ones with valve disease. This must be a bittersweet day for you, but I...
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    Medtronics CoreValve to Replace Edwards Bovine Pericardial

    Hi Larry, Sorry to hear that you are having to go through this again. You and I were not too far apart with our first AVR. I will see in May what is up with my bioprosthetic aortic valve. Wishing you all the best going forward and that you can be at peace with the decision. Thinking of you...
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    Donations Requested

    Hank, I wonder if your latest message should be the start of a NEW thread as it is updated information from you.
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    AVR #2 Update (Hockey Heart)

    Thanks for the update on your husband and I wish you both all the very best going forward. In my humble opinion, I would want to know who has the best track record and experience on a REDO AVR. Also, listen to your gut as to what makes the most sense to you and your husband and what will give...
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    Donations Requested

    Hank, I truly hope that someone will be interested in keeping this wonderful site going. I wish I had the money and time to take it over. I am going to pray for a miracle. Thank you for everything you have done for this site. It is like coming home to 'valve family' for me.
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    My Mom Is Dead.

    Becky, My deepest sympathy. You were an amazing advocate for your mom and a great daughter.
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    Staying the Course -- 03/11/2019

    I typically don't contribute to the Throwdown (am a bit of lurker on these posts and perhaps, I should be contributing), but wanted to wish SB all the best of luck with his echo! :) I am always a little anxious when my echos come up now that I have mileage on mine, too. Fingers crossed all...
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    when is it too late??

    Hi Mentu! Nice to see you post, but very surprised about your news in needing a second surgery. You and I underwent our AVR's around the same time. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and very best wishes. You may want to post a new thread on your news (only if you wants to). I...
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    I almost missed it! ! !

    Chiming in a little late here, Steve, but wanted to congratulate you on 8 years with your valve! You never cease to amaze me with your positive and upbeat attitude. Wishing many, many more years of good health all the way around! Thank you for all your contributions to this forum. Always look...
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    FDA approves a new Biopolymer Heart Valve trial by Foldax

    This looks impressive! As Pellicle noted, $25 a valve versus $1000 for a bioprosthetic valve. This may be the game changer. Time will tell....
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    FDA approves a new Biopolymer Heart Valve trial by Foldax

    Thanks for sharing this info, jhusker2. This is an excellent example of why I hope this forum continues. I always appreciate the wealth of information and knowledge shared here, in addition to the amazing support provided.
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    FDA approves a new Biopolymer Heart Valve trial by Foldax

    That would be the Holy Grail....like the visual, Pellicle!
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    30 year

    Very powerful, Pellicle. Just had the opportunity to watch this. Thanks.
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    Gum dissease

    Very interesting...yet another good reasons to practice excellent oral hygiene! :)


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