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    MOO is Twelve!

    Great to hear from you! It’s so reassuring that we can always depend on this wed site for sound advice and member experience's to help us with this journey.
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    Has anyone had Covid interfere with Coumadin and INR levels?

    I tested positive for Covid 8 days ago. The Doctor prescribed amox-clav 500mg a day for 7 days and zinc. I tested day before yesterday and my INR has dropped to 1.5. Today it was only 1.6. Increased my dose from 12.5 to 15 tonight. Last week it was 2.3 and has been steady at 2.3 - 2.5 before...
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    US hospital charging by WSJ

    Unfortunately healthcare as well as medical science is driven by profit from investments in the U S. A state of the art medical facility with highly skilled physicians and surgeons are directly tied to the facility’s ability to make profit from its services. Unfortunately government run...
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    On-x Valve Failure after 10 years?

    Mine was 15.95 mmhg mean and 25.67 mmhg max
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    On-x Valve Failure after 10 years?

    He read the original On-x FDA approval and said great! This should reduce bleeding events significantly. The data sheets included from the trail only recommended 81 mg aspirin on the last page in the Q&A section. Neither of us caught that at the time. Now that the controversy has arrived I do...
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    On-x Valve Failure after 10 years?

    It’s spending 26 yrs in the military and fitness requirements for service. I did have a pulmonary function / sleep study test 2 yrs ago that was negative. It seems that the daily symptoms are lasting longer now. Cardiologist appt next Thursday, luckily I had it scheduled as a follow up from the...
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    On-x Valve Failure after 10 years?

    This is not a brag just my lifestyle. I have been going to the gym for most of my life and I mention the gym routine to my cardiologist often. The tread mill test was a little disappointing ( 9 min 45 sec 144 hr ) but I don’t do enough cardio except walking I tell myself. The point I’m trying to...
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    On-x Valve Failure after 10 years?

    There has been a lot of discussion lately about lowered INR range and strokes because of it. After 10 yrs with my On-x valve I suddenly have been experiencing a lot of the symptoms that caused the replacement of my Bicuspid aortic valve. It’s very complicated at this point and I don’t know if...
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    To Bridge or not to Bridge

    I’m assuming that your 60 + and have been on ACT for many years. I’ve had many surgeries both major and minor in the 10 years I’ve been on ACT. Bridging with lovenox has always been a concern for me as I had a major bleeding event following a knee replacement in the hospital. They started...
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    Early 30s, 3 strokes over 7 years of On-X

    Could you please list a link to the article that shows a high rate of stroke and thrombosis in the On-x valves.
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    Celebrating 16 years!

    Congratulations, every year is a gift for us all.
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    Invasive procedure perioperative management of INR (extended)

    After 10 years of home testing, and self adjusting my warfarin, through 3 major surgeries, the only time I had a bleeding issue was when I was bridged with Lovenox after knee replacement surgery. My knee surgeon was fine with my INR at 1.4 for the surgery. Unfortunately right after the surgery...
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    I don’t know what to do anymore

    Wow, valve replacement at 17! So much to deal with at this time of your life. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of my aortic valve replacement. I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve and mild stenosis in 1987. I was followed by cardiologists for 25 years before I the criteria for valve...
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    15 Years!

    Congratulations!! DITTO on your post. This is a great website, with very informed and great people.
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    That is how I have managed colonoscopy’s and the the first two surgeries. My surgeons were comfortable with INR < 1.5 so I would bring my INR down to 1.5 on the surgery day and resume Coumadin the day after surgery and never had any issues. I’ve read up on bridging and there are some Dr’s that...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Interesting your still here trying to help people with the choice. I remember you when I was making my choice in April 2012. At 62, I choose the On-X mechanical valve replacement. My cardiologist and surgeon both said that baring no issues during the surgery, that I should research the valves...