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    Pimple next to scar?

    So it’s back. Same exact spot. Also it now has a friend directly ON the scar about an inch and a half down. I emailed a picture to my PCP who suggested I come in later this week to check it out. It’s not growing I guess. Doesn’t feel lumpy (beyond normal zit bumpy at least) and doesn’t look...
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    Pimple next to scar?

    Just to update everyone… it went away.
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    After your surgery, what are some of the things that you found out that surprised you

    I had three holes and they bled for a while after the surgery. They required a couple extra stitches in the hospital too. Nothing significant, but created a lot of blood stains on shirts. The tubes aren't connected to your lungs though, they're there to drain from the body cavity. I was one...
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    Pimple next to scar?

    Y’all have me paranoid about infection. I’m just shy of 3 months. I have had a “pimple” directly adjacent to and for the most part touching my scar pretty much the whole time. Looks and feels exactly like a regular pimple. There’s no drainage or anything like that. Not sure if I’m being...
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    Hard to trust many doctors

    And I think that's where IVUS and some new technologies being developed come in. Apparently CAD is difficult to diagnose! There are some optical methods being developed that can distinguish between thickening, plaques, and plaques in danger of rupture. There's some discussion about OCT here...
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    Hard to trust many doctors

    This isn't actually correct though. You can remove conditions, you just need your doctor's approval. MyChart even offers the ability to do it all within the app. Obviously, the original record won't be removed, nor should it be. In my case, my cardiologist specifically told me "you don't...
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    Understood. But it's not really "upset" as much as acknowledging that things can be different in different countries. As I admitted, I'm coming from a very US-centric perspective and I know literally nothing about Australia's socioeconomic landscape, healthcare system, or anything else. YMMV...
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    Good lessons for sure. It’s possible it’s a little different in the US where wealth disparities are so incredibly high and socioeconomic mobility is a bit more restricted due to cronyism (let alone the racial component to it). Help can be really important here, but I digress. Many of us have...
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    Hard to trust many doctors

    "Crap hanging on valve" is exactly what I had. And it led to a heart attack two years ago, at age 41. 100% blockage of the LAD (for those who don't know, the LAD is the coronary artery that some call "the widowmaker"). Fortunately, it happened at work and I work in a pathology department...
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    You don’t have to believe it if you don’t want to. There are a lot of people suffering. There are people who can’t afford a coke. Literally. There are people who get a ticket for a seat belt violation for example and have to choose between spending 3 days in jail or just living with a warrant...
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    $6 (plus the up front cost) is a lot of money to a lot of people. That’s my point. As long as doctors collude with insurance companies to pork poor people, the rural thing matters.
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    Will insurance cover test strips?
  13. M

    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    You can buy it yourself, I've been shopping and have found for $450 or so. That's not an option for everybody.
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    I think the point about rural isn't too far off, at least from what I'm experiencing so far. Today's my 7 week anniversary (yay!) and I was reminded now by the second Coumadin clinic I've visited that I'm not allowed to get a Coaguchek order from my PCP unless I 1) change my PCP, or 2) I wait...
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    I live in pretty rural northeast Maryland now and I can confirm. Everyone around here has a “southern accent”. (not exactly…)
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    first case of amputation due to non compliance with an on x aortic valve

    Ignoring the conversation about offensiveness… I’m new to this group but my impression is that it’s centered on being helpful, supportive, and most of all educating others, especially us newbies. So it seems a bit hypocritical for some people to judge and even condemn people who clearly needed...
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    First post from Maryland - advice and support needed!

    My dreaded first sneeze just came five minutes ago on my 6 week surgery anniversary. Didn’t hurt much at all. I guess all that hard work holding off sneezing all this time paid off.
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    New England Hospitals and Surgeons

    It’s not just Bavaria, it’s every surgeon in the entire state! https://www.phc4.org/reports/cabg/16/
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    New England Hospitals and Surgeons

    Seconded. Not from personal experience, but because I'm a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine and I hear all the time about how much he's missed here. Everybody acknowledges it was a major loss to Johns Hopkins to lose him to MGH. I even have colleagues who send their loved ones...
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    High gradients after surgery?

    Thanks, this is helpful. One thing I don't understand though is that my post-surgical gradients are about the same as my gradients from a year or two ago, and those ultimately were associated with the processes that led to my enlarged aorta, LV hypertrophy, etc. Would that therefore imply that...
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