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    Second open heart surgery to replace aortic valve - first surgery was on Sept '14

    It's a little ironic that I saw your post this evening. I just got back from my post operative checkup with my surgeon following my second OHS. My first was in November 2011 (at age 59) for aortic valve replacement. Last fall I was told my aortic root was enlarged and needed to be monitored...
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    Anyone wish they had chose the other option?

    I made the choice to go with an ON-X valve for my AVR last year - don't regret it a bit. Warfarin has not been an issue, nor the ticking (it's actually kind of nice, I can take my pulse without feeling for a pulse). One bit of advice - discuss the ON-X valve with your surgeon and cardiologist...
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    Low heart rate good or not?

    My heart rate is consistently in the low 50s at rest since my AVR last November. Prior to surgery, it was about the same. The low heart rate has not been an issue either at rest or during exercise. My understanding is that as long as you do not have problems with lightheadedness or loss of...
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    First Few Days Home

    I had a pretty uneventful recovery at home after my surgery. My wife stayed with me full time, but I think I could have managed by myself, except for one thing - if I tipped all the way back in my recliner, I couldn't sit up without using my arms to pull myself to a sitting position (I had to...
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    When do you get feeling back?

    I had AVR 9 months ago and still have a numb area on the inside of my left knee that started immediately after my surgery. There were no incisions in the area, so I assume it's related to some nerves in my chest. I also have a numb area on my right wrist that is probably more related to ulnar...
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    Rehab - Do or Not?

    I had my AVR last November and rehab was one of the best decisions I made. For me, it wasn't so much about the exercises that the rehab team had me doing, it much more about developing the confidence that I could exercise again after OHS. Looking back, my experience with intensity of exercise...
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    Suggestions for Capital Region of NY Surgeons/Which Hospital?

    I had AVR at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady last November and can't say enough good things about the treatment I received there. I don't know if any of their surgeons do minimally invasive surgery (I got the full chest cracking experience), but I would recommend you check with them if you want...
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    I never smoked - when I was much younger, I used to listen to my Dad cough in the mornings and decided nothing could be worse than that. He died much too young at 74 from emphysema. This wasn't meant to be a lecture - I really wanted to tell my Dad's favorite joke (humor makes anything - even...
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    Laying flat at night

    I have always been a stomach sleeper too. After my surgery, I spent about three weeks sleeping in my recliner, then moved to my bed (using a wedge pillow for about a week). Before my surgery, I would fall asleep on my stomach and wake up on my back. Now I fall asleep on my back and wake up...
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    Tissue vs. Mechanical

    2003miata 59 mechanical
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    Heart Lung Machines

    I'm only 13 weeks post AVR surgery, but I can't say I've had any indication of "pumphead". For another point of view on the subject, here's another interesting article from Scientific American:
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    Favorite quote(s)

    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey
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    After your surgery, what are some of the things that you found out that surprised you

    - How routine OHS is to a cardio-thorasic surgeon. - How quickly I recovered my strength (I'm eleven weeks post op and have much more stamina than before the surgery) - How many people are in the cardiac rehab facility every time I go. - The flush of emotions when I said good bye to my family...
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    First night after surgery.....

    Most of my memories of the CICU are pretty foggy. I went under about 7:30 am and first memory was about 6 PM when they removed the breathing tube. The rest of the night, I was in and out of sleep. No memories of pain, but I do remember a very good nurse who always seemed to be there. The...
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    What would you do?

    From the time my primary care physician told me I needed to see a cardiologist to the time of my surgery was 3 months. I went to an annual physical unaware of any problems and 3 months later was having OHS (11 weeks ago today). I made the decision based on the amount of ventricular hypertrophy...
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    On-x vs St Jude

    I can't provide much insight into the differences between the St Jude Regent valve and the On-X valve, but I had an On-X valve installed for the same reasons you are considering. My surgeon had never installed an On-X valve, but agreed to use one. As far as I can tell, I may have been the...
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    Valve Type ID card

    I had an On-X valve installed on November 9, but did not get an ID card from the hospital or surgeon (at the time I didn't know I should have gotten one). I contacted On-X customer service thru their website with the information on my surgery (hospital, surgeon, date, type of surgery). They...
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    Cath this Friday & nerves are ramping up.

    I remember lying on the gurney waiting to go into the OR for my HVR and thinking "Maybe I should ask for another opinion before I have this surgery". I think we all have considerable anxiety before the surgery (while it may be routine for the surgeon, it's still pretty unusual for the patient)...
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    Valve selection

    I had AVR in early November and at age 59, I chose a mechanical valve over a tissue valve primarily because I did not want to face OHS in my seventies. I don't have enough experience with warfarin yet to have a well informed opinion, but so far, it hasn't been an issue. Last week, when...
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    Electric chair

    I'm 9 1/2 weeks post AVR (On-X valve) and about the same age as you. At this point, I feel great - more stamina than before the surgery (due to both the new valve and getting the exercise that I should have been doing before my surgery). I haven't used pain killers of any kind in 5 weeks. For...