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  1. erricojj

    Where did my tastebuds go?

    Loss of taste/smell is probably a natural defense mechanism, triggered by the presence of hospital food. Discharge is the only known cure. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘Œ
  2. erricojj

    Chest pain and uncertainty

    About 3 months after my SAVR, went to the ER for a severe chest cold. When asked if i had chest pain i responded Yes. (Coughing hurts.) This answer triggered them and they then tested for troponin which came in at 16 ng/L. They resampled me after 1 hour and again after 3 hours. Those...
  3. erricojj

    Need for pacemaker post-AVR?

    Cross linking... Pacemaker for heart block
  4. erricojj

    Heart Beat in rhythm of three

    Today, I had a pacemaker installed to correct a heart block degree 2 type 2. Background: Had SAVR for bicuspid aortic valve July 2022. 70 yo as of the SAVR. Overall have had a good recovery, completed 36 sessions of cardio rehab, and have gotten back to the gym 3x per week plus additional...
  5. erricojj

    Medtronic Mosaic vs Edwards Resiia?

    Here are some resources describing various aspects of the Edwards Inspirus Resilia aortic valve... Long-term durability of a new surgical aortic valve: A 1 billion cycle in vitro study - ScienceDirect This study is still in enrollment and will not complete until 2026-27. They are seeking 50...
  6. erricojj

    BEST NEWS OF MY LIFE :))))))

    A good explanation of the risk/benefit considerations by a Cleveland Clinic surgeon. Ascending Aortic Aneurysm: When to have surgery
  7. erricojj

    Foldax Continues

    My 6-month-old aortic Inspiris Resilia model 11500A is 29mm. Hopefully, my surgeon measured twice and cut once.
  8. erricojj

    Some photos to relax with.

    That is the "drum circle" on Siesta Key Beach. Every Sunday, just before sunset, hundreds of people gather to beat bongo drums, dance around, and generally make merry. Sun worshippers, I guess. Siesta Key Drum Circle
  9. erricojj

    Chest pain and uncertainty

  10. erricojj

    Some photos to relax with.

    This is not so relaxing, but it's where I live... Siesta Key, Florida
  11. erricojj

    32 years since my first!

    This tissue valve may give mechanicals some "inspired" competition... Inspiris Resilia in vitro durability study Conclusions In summary, this in vitro study shows that the Inspiris Resilia aortic valve performed well through 1 billion cycles of testing (the equivalent of approximately 25 years...
  12. erricojj

    Merry Christmas πŸŽ„ everyone

    πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you and your families with peace and good health ! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„
  13. erricojj

    A hiccup

    Sorry about this glitch. Good luck from here on!
  14. erricojj

    New member: 56 yo facing unexpected AVR before the end of the year

    One thing to consider is to get a comprehensive dental exam before the surgery as he will likely be prohibited from getting dental work for 6 months. I had a run of bad luck and had to get 2 root canals about 4 weeks post op. They nuked me with antibiotics. In any case, stick to prophylaxis...
  15. erricojj

    AVR on Nov 21, 2022

    I ran into dental problems about 4 weeks post op. See my Dental Work - A Saga for a painful amount of detail (or a detailed amount of pain). If it turns out that you need dental care now, antibiotics will protect you. However, look out for the GI side effects...they can be nasty. Hope your...
  16. erricojj

    AVR on Nov 21, 2022

    Good luck and speedy recovery !
  17. erricojj

    AVR on Nov 21, 2022

    Misinformation in Russia???....nahhhh. 😁
  18. erricojj

    AVR on Nov 21, 2022

    The valve is shown at this frame... Here My Russian is a little rusty, so tried Google translate on the this... "In patients with aortic valve stenosis and aneurysm of the ascending aorta, it would seem that there is no alternative to classical valve prosthesis. But classical...
  19. erricojj

    Eliquis and prosthetic heart valves

    Apixaban is the generic name for Eliquis, which is still on patent for some uses. Found this 2019 article which contains this January 10, 2020 Update that I don't quite understand. I didn't realize that there are patients whose heart valves cause afib. "Patients with prosthetic heart valves...
  20. erricojj

    Eliquis and prosthetic heart valves

    Yes, I have a tissue valve. I had 1 afib episode 2 days post op. That was 15 weeks ago. They put me on Amiodarone and Equilis to protect against further afibs. Have had no further afibs so my cardiologist had me stop Amiodarone about 1 month ago. He had me continue the Eliquis, intending to...