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  1. SumoRunner

    Writing a book....no idea where to post this!

    Oh sure, use any and all the junk I've posted if it fits your theme. Read this book we wrote a few years ago with 17 individual stories (volume 2 to be out soon). https://www.amazon.com/Cardiac-Athletes-Superheroes-Beating-Disease/dp/1500159638 Here's another theme you might like. It is...
  2. SumoRunner

    How to lower inr

    Take half your normal dosage for 2 days. It drops pretty fast.
  3. SumoRunner

    Vision Disturbances and Migraines

    I never connected the double vision/vertigo/brain fog stuff to the visual auras, but I guess they could be related. I tend to get them all occaisionally, but not simultaneously.
  4. SumoRunner

    Guinness world record

    Here's what they say now. "The longest surviving artificial heart-valve transplant patient is Doris Clare (b. 20 Sep 1926, UK), who received an aortic valve replacement on 30 April 1969, in Woolwich, London, UK, and as of 15 July 2013 has had it for 44 years, 76 days. "
  5. SumoRunner

    Guinness world record

    This article in Guinness records says the oldest surviving artificial valve is 44 yrs. Have they never heard of Dick0236 in Louisville??
  6. SumoRunner

    56 and asymptomatic and in shock!

    I did have one episode at age 39, a minor one, but scary nonetheless. It was blamed on a leaky aortic valve, which had been there since I was 10. The cardiologist did regular ultrasounds and EKGs on it every 6 mos thereafter. Finally at age 43 he said it was getting worse and it was time for...
  7. SumoRunner

    23 Years and Ticking AVR

    Sure, that's entirely doable if you got it so young. I got mine at 43, so 50 would put me in territory that no one in my family has ever reached.
  8. SumoRunner

    Big milestone

    Yeah, 20 is a key number. Since most of us do not receive these devices until well into the 50s, 20 brings you up to "normal" life expectancy. I got mine younger but still celebrated 20 with gusto.
  9. SumoRunner

    New Milestone

    Jan 12 swim meet results. I was first in age group 70-74 in both the 50 and 200 yard freestyle, also the only one. A big difference between running and swimming events is the participation rate. There are loads of people in every age group in running races, but often empty or single entries in...
  10. SumoRunner

    New Milestone

    Race #501 was Jan 1st. The Hudson Mohawk road runners holds a Hangover Half-Marathon every year on New Year's day. No, I can't do 13.1 miles anymore, but there's a shorter companion run/walk that I've done about 25 times. It's a great way to start the year because it sets the tone annually with...
  11. SumoRunner

    New Milestone

    Last Sunday was a major milestone in my running history. I ran race #500 for my logs. I had run 140 prior to valve replacement in 1991 and 360 since. That's a bit more than one a month on average over 27+ years. There have been years I did only 3 or 4 and some I did over 30, but never one where...
  12. SumoRunner

    How long till your back to normal?

    I had good health coverage at GE, so I got 6 weeks, plus there was a way to apply for an extension of another 6 weeks, giving me 3 whole months off. I began going out to walk a mile each day as soon as I got home. I stayed in hospital 7 days which was the norm back then 1991. And was up to...
  13. SumoRunner

    Mechanical Valve - clicking

    I don't hear it because my brain tuned it out after many years. My wife used to hear it but she probably doesn't any more either. I can't say whether kids could hear it either since I don't know any quiet ones, 7 grandchildren and they're in constant motion. If I'm in a very quiet space...
  14. SumoRunner

    Beta blocker

    BBs don't only slow the HR down. They also smooth it out. If you have lots of premature, skipped, or irregular beats, the BBs will suppress those as well. Mine never go away completely, with exertion they increase somewhat, but after resting 15 minutes they're rare. My resting HR has been about...
  15. SumoRunner

    Retun to roots

    Next on my schedule was yesterday, Sep. 30, a 5K race nearby that I had done a few times before, but my plans called for more mileage than that. So I arrived at the park early and walked the course in advance. Then the race at a walk/run where I finished 2nd in the 70-74 age group. After the...
  16. SumoRunner

    Considering the end of VR.org - Looking for your thoughts

    Here's one reason why new users may not come in or stay once they've found us. Site design. The top forum page has no less than 24 topic headings. Some are only hours old, some days, weeks, even over a year since anyone has posted there. Why keep a topic open when no one has shown an interest in...
  17. SumoRunner

    Anxious About Mitral Valve Replacement.

    I don't mean to make light of it. This is major surgery and you'll be one sore puppy for the first couple weeks, but from one month onward for the next 30 years you're good for anything.
  18. SumoRunner

    Anxious About Mitral Valve Replacement.

    Mine was the aortic valve, but no matter which one, the surgery and recovery is the same. I had a minor stroke while working out in the gym on my 39th birthday from a fleck of calcium that flew off the valve and eventually lodged in the speech center of the brain. My speech was garbled for a...
  19. SumoRunner

    Retun to roots

    Oh shoot, I forgot to log in before posting. Not a newbie, I've been here since day one. Valve replacement at age 43 in 1991
  20. SumoRunner

    Mechanical Valve/ Blood Thinners

    The purpose of a blood thinner is to prevent clots, so if you get one, the drug didn't do it's job. Side effects are more bleeding, easier to bruise, red cheeks after a hard workout. Exercise intensity is not limited because of the blood thinner. It's the beta blocker that slows you down...


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