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  1. Mr V

    Bloody nose

    Ditto on the vaseline. I load up a qtip and rotate it around. I have had bleeds on trips to arizona and vegas. I am sure the vegas one had nothing to do with the extra alcohol increasing my INR. ;). Things like eyes and nasal passages dry out more the older we get so that doesn't help either.
  2. Mr V

    Heart problems for grandson

    Good news from the last ultrasound. They are no longer seeing a septal defect. So looks like just surgery for the TGA. Thank you for your prayers.
  3. Mr V

    Heart problems for grandson

    Thank you for the prayers. Stories like yours help keep us optimistic for a good outcome. The doctors are from the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital which are some of the best in Minnesota along with Mayo.
  4. Mr V

    Heart problems for grandson

    Thank you
  5. Mr V

    Heart problems for grandson

    My son and his wife are expecting another baby. They discovered during an ultrasound that he has transposition of the great arteries. He also has a large ventricular septal defect. The plan is to keep a close eye on things and then perform surgery right after delivery. He is due early February...
  6. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    I read a couple more publications of the same kind of liver enzyme elevation from heparin types of medication. I appears that none of the cases were found to have any permanent liver damage. Once the lovenox is stopped the levels return to normal like they did for me 10 years ago. I think...
  7. Mr V

    10 year's with questions i need to ask. Age 34

    I understand the anxiety. When I was 35 I almost didn't make it when my mitral valve repair failed after 4 days. I got to the point where I could not talk about what I went through without tearing up. When I saw my cardiologist for my first 1 year follow up he recommended I talk to my primary...
  8. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    Thanks for the info. Am I correct in stating that a mechanical mitral valve would have a greater risk for thromboembolism than a mechanical aortic valve at INR of less than 1.4? Since I do not self manage my INR at this time it would also put me at more risk not knowing exactly what my INR has...
  9. Mr V

    Anyone had 3 valve replacement surgeries?

    I have only had 2 but they were only 4 days apart. The first one was a mitral valve repair. I had hoped to avoid the lifetime of warfarin by having the repair done. Repair has probably advanced a lot since 1996. I had made it out of the ICU and was in a regular room on the heart floor when I...
  10. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    Saw the cardiologist and he is ok with not bridging. INR was 2.7 yesterday and wants me to stop 4 days prior ( so last dose will be tomorrow). Sent surgeon the message and hopefully he is fine with that as well.
  11. Mr V

    Thursday is coming fast

    I went through 2 open heart surgeries in 4 days and always kinda felt like things didn’t go back together totally the same. I have a pretty good bump at the bottom of my sternum that I assume is scar tissue. Kinda funny seeing X-rays 25 years later with all those wires still in there.
  12. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    gall bladder
  13. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    The INR clinic I go to want to discuss the bridging. I will be talking to my cardiologist before I make any decisions. With the side effects I had last time taking lovenox I am hoping to just lower my INR before surgery. I believe it may be robotic surgery so not sure if that changes anything.
  14. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    Since it was 10 years ago it may have changed. I will be seeing my cardiologist next month and was going to ask him. I do have the added risk of what they have called a “severely” enlarged atrium in addition to the mitral valve seeming to be the one that puts you at the most risk.
  15. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    Thank you, I will take a look
  16. Mr V

    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    Going to have gall bladder out in Oct. I believe they want me to bridge. About 10 years ago I had a colonoscopy so I bridged for that. While on lovenox my liver enzymes increased dramatically. I did some googling today and there are some studies showing that can be a side effect of lovenox. So I...
  17. Mr V

    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    I got my first one while still in the hospital. Never had one before surgery. Sometimes I get a mild headache with them. Been taking warfarin and baby aspirin for over 25 years now. I started using nasonex/ Fluticasone spray in my nostrils and that seems to have decreased the frequency. I don't...
  18. Mr V

    How did you discover your valve issue?

    Wow. Both boxing at 50 and with a bad valve.
  19. Mr V

    How did you discover your valve issue?

    Just wanted to throw this out there. I got my ST Jude mitral valve in1996. Was 35 at the time. After shoveling snow started to feel a flutter. Had them before but not as long as this one. Went to the Dr. and heard a murmur. When I had the TEE showed severe regurgitation and all my chords holding...
  20. Mr V

    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    I had never experienced the aura until a couple days after my surgery. They were worried it was a stroke so gave me heparin. Was getting them probably weekly. Reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope. Would start toward the middle and then eventually move to the side and would be gone. Got...
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