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    400 person study on lower INR (1.5-2.5) with mechanical valve

    When it gets to be a bit too high it could cause internal bleeding which might go unchecked because an individual can't see it happening. I have had a St Jude aortic valve for 35 years now and my INR has been as low as 1.9 and as high as 3.7. This of course doesn't include the time it jumped to...
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    400 person study on lower INR (1.5-2.5) with mechanical valve

    I have related this story before in this forum, but my INR jumped to over 12.5 . This was due to an abrupt medication change. For about 5 years I took Xanax at bedtime to help me sleep, and then stopped it abruptly. Xanax is a medication that probably shouldn't be stopped abruptly but tapered...
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    400 person study on lower INR (1.5-2.5) with mechanical valve

    I get my INR checked every month, and the last 2 months it has been 3.0, with the last check being this morning. I have always thought that anybody with a St Jude mechanical valve would have a target range of 2.5 to 3.5. This has been my understanding for the 35 years I have had the valve...
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    Change in Echocardiogram Guidelines for Mechanical Valves

    I am sitting in the waiting room waiting for the results of an ekg/echo testing just minutes ago. I am 35 yr post surgery. My cardiologist says every two years for an echo for me.
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    65 yo BAV guy here

    If you are 65 now and diagnosed in your late 30s, imagine all the time behind you that you have been okay. That would give me a positive feeling or outlook over the situation. I would pay attention to what a good cardiologist would tell you. It appears that you are in good shape to be hiking...
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    Should I Stil Have Shortness Of Breath One Week Post Surgery?

    It's good that you are feeling better. A sensitive subject to talk about is proper weight. I don't know your body type but I can't imagine 210 lb being ideal. I recently lost 20 lbs and feel exponentially better. I got to believe that you losing some weight would provide several benefits, both...
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    Rock Stars with Mech Valves

    Lol, wild horses couldn't drag his mother and father together, but his heart surgery could, and did.
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    Heartbeat shakes body when lying down on your back

    The heart is an amazing muscle in the body, pumping some +/- 2000 gallons of blood a day. The valves of the heart need to open and close abruptly for the heart to pump efficiently. If a valve does not close abruptly the efficiency of the heart goes down causing problems. It is probably a good...
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    Heartbeat shakes body when lying down on your back

    Personally, I think things are going well for you except you're not used to the new sound of the mechanical valve and also the abruptness in which it closes. It's all new to you and it's something you haven't experienced in your life before until the surgery, so it makes you extra aware of that...
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    35 yrs dual heart valves St. Jude

    I don't have a dual, but a AV Prosthetic with SJ valve, and like you, 35 years ago. It saved my life. It is a good testament, especially in your case, dual valve success with longevity! Congrats/thanks
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    19 Years Of St Jude Valve

    35 years with a SJAV, from all I understand, they go on and on. If there's anything I have concerns with it is other aspects about the heart other than the valve itself.
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    Dental work post-surgery

    It's just a little blood if you bleed, it's not that severe. You say you are debating lowering your INR, that shouldn't be a personal decision but a professional one. I have never lowered my INR for dental procedures, and my INR hangs around 2.5 to 3.5. Now I always pre-med with antibiotics, but...
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    Change in Echocardiogram Guidelines for Mechanical Valves

    I don't see the issue of concern getting an echocardiogram, unless it's for financial reasons that your insurance company doesn't pay for. They are very simple tests as far as the patient is concerned and they are done and over with quickly.
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    I don’t know what to do anymore

    I didn't read through the entire thread, but I'm not sure what is actually the cause of your Outlook? Is it strictly the noise, or is it that the noise stirs up bad memories? Maybe the noise promotes a lack of confidence in the longevity of the valve? I had a St Jude valve put in when I was 32...
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    Life after Mechanical Valve --- 31 years old

    I had my St Jude aortic valve prosthesis surgery Dec 1987, will be 32 years ago this Dec. I have done everything I wanted to do: softball, golfing, shoot pistol at the range, travel, etc. I have been on two African safaris, swam with dolphins in Bimini, Whales in the Azores, Alaska for dog...
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    Low INR question

    For me, SJAV prosthesis, the range is 2.5 - 3.5, for the last 32 years. Mine has always jumped around, hardly consistent.
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    Only 28 years for me...

    This Dec will be 32 years for my St Jude Aortic valve. Like you said just keep the inr within range and the valve does the rest. Seems to be a great valve.
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    52 years on ONE valve

    I have 32 on my STJAV prosthesis. I am a youngster to you but a veteran to most.
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    Warning - This is gross

    Yeah it's been under control since that time, it really didn't bother me that much, like scare me or something, I just took it all in stride. That was probably 10 years ago or so, and I have now had my SJ valve for 32 years.
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    Warning - This is gross

    It doesn't have to be the worst bruise ever to be noteworthy, I sure wouldn't want that to happen to me. Sorry D'mom that it happened to you! My INR is supposed to be between 2.5 - 3.5, and I bet no one has ever heard of this : My INR, for no apparent reason, jumped to 12.3. I started weeping...