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    Arrythmias

    Being on blood thinners is mandatory and permanent for people with mechanical valves, to help ensure clots do not form on the valve surfaces, and can be temporary for those with tissue valves in the period after surgery. But my mother, who had a tissue valve inserted about 7 or 8 years ago, has...
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    A Significant other with a valve like me

    I have not found my ticking valve to be an issue with partners.
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    Mild anemia after AVR with a mechanical valve

    Yes. At the risk of too much information, since I started taking the iron tablets my stools have gone from light brown to much darker .... :)
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    Mild anemia after AVR with a mechanical valve

    Yes. My Cardiologist said it is not unusual for mechanical valves to damage red blood cells as they pass through.
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    Resveratrol & Warfarin Interaction?

    I am on Warfarin and Aspirin (among other things), and whilst certainly your INR meter will pick up any changes that might need a revision of dose of Warfarin once you start taking the Resveratol, I am not sure about whether any other doses would be affected. Also, I eat broccoli quite often...
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    Mild anemia after AVR with a mechanical valve

    Yes. One pill with lunch, one pill with dinner. Even so, my iron levels are at the lower end of the "normal" range
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    Mild anemia after AVR with a mechanical valve

    Yes, I take Ferrous Fumerate too. Fortunately I was doing a clinical trial for a cholesterol drug soon after my heart surgery, and they do blood tests for absolutely everything and picked up my mild anaemia. Another two pills to add to my daily collection.
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    It Just Got Real

    It is interesting that you are considering both types of valve, Seaton, and I guess it depends on our own sensibilities and lifestyles. For me, the priority at age 48 was to reduce as much as possible the risk of having to have open heart surgery a second or third time. Even with the...
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    Donations Requested

    Given that Hank has again explained the other pressures in his life giving rise to a desire to pass on the website to someone new, I would like to pledge US$100 to any new owner towards the purchase costs etc. Given the low number of visitors showing on the site counters, I am not convinced the...
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    Mick Jagger might be a member of this forum soon ...

    Good point! Agian - can I have your autograph please? :Face-Kiss:
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    New Coag-Sense meter

    Hi Thomas. You will find many posts about the issues of measuring INR, particularly by Pellicle who has much more biology knowledge than I do. Here's my take as an amateur with about 4.5 years of experience of self testing. I think it is a reasonable summary to say that CoaguChek XS readings...
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    Mick Jagger might be a member of this forum soon ...

    This report in the UK's Daily Mail newspaper says that the "75 year old rock icon is set to have [a replacement valve] operation in a New York City hospital this week." Autograph hunters at the ready ....
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    Tissue vs. Mechanical

    I so agree with all of this post. This frequency of testing, made convenient and realistic by having your own meter to do so, should be advertised on big, neon signs in every cardiac ward in my weird fantasy world. Anticoagulation clinics that tell people otherwise are perpetuating their own...
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    New Coag-Sense meter

    I agree it is a sexy meter! I watched their video and it looks good as well as having some cool features. Just seems a bit more is involved for doing each test, transferring the blood via a sort of pipette whereas the CoaguCheck XS is a drop of blood directly to the test strip of course. I am...
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    Tissue vs. Mechanical

    Perhaps another case of out-of-date information (if it was true at some point)? Good management of Warfarin massively reduces the risks and is easy, thanks to home self-testing with a finger-prick meter such as the CoaguChek XS. Once a week I take a minute or two to check my blood 'thickness'...
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    Avr #2

    I see that you list "Hockey, sports and cooking" in your interests, Hockey Heart - do you actively play hockey, and is this why you have gone for a tissue valve previously (to hopefully avoid being on warfarin/coumadin needed with a mechanical valve)? If so, how much longer do you think you...
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    New Coag-Sense meter

    Definitely interested, though I am not sure the Coag-Sense is available in the UK. I have only ever used a CoaguChek XS, which they have now replaced with the CoaguChek Inrange, which again is INR only.
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    Sudden drop in INR

    Thanks Tom, useful info. My low INR occured in about December 2014, so if you say the research is recent perhaps it has become more comprehensive since then? But having had the valve inserted in something of an emergency situation I was more inclined to go with his advice rather than a clinic...
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    Sudden drop in INR

    TWO further thoughts: 1. UPDATE - I realised after posting that message that I hadn't retested my INR for about 5 days, and so did so (at 8am from the comfort of my sun terrace, where I am sitting in some rather fetching swimming shorts. No need to get dressed and find a clinic on the island...
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    Sudden drop in INR

    Firstly just to say that if your regular dose needs to be amended to a slightly different amount that is not a problem according to my Cardiologist here in the UK - when I mentioned that I had had to reduce my daily dose (I self manage) from an alternating 7 and 8mg each day to 6 and 7mg each...


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