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    Heartbeat visible under skin

    So this is a weird question, but just thought I'd throw it out there. I had my AVR surgery 11 months ago. One of the weird things I notice from time to time (but not always) is that my heartbeat will be visible under my skin. When I'm laying on the couch sometimes my husband will see it in my...
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    Know your stuff!!

    Hi all! I'm sure this has been said many a time on here, but we are our own best advocates! It surprises me how many medical professionals don't know about interactions with warfarin. I recently went to a dermatologist and they wanted to prescribe a couple different antibiotics to clear up some...
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    Running after AVR

    Hi all! I had my AVR about 7 months ago and a stroke 3 months ago. Overall I feel fine when working out, but my speed and endurance is GONE! I have trouble running without some walk breaks and my pace is about 2-3 min/mile slower than before surgery (I have never been a fast runner though). It...
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    Stroke

    Prayers would be much appreciated... 4 months ago I had valve replacement and today I had a stroke. I honestly can't even believe it, I'm only 27. I should count myself lucky - I survived and the only thing remaining is weakness and lack of coordination in my right hand and arm. Thankfully I...
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    Trouble with weight loss after surgery?

    Hi all! Just curious...has anyone had trouble losing weight after surgery? I had surgery about 3.5 months ago. In the 8 months leading up to surgery where I was not allowed to get my HR up and in the time before I started cardiac rehab after surgery (6 weeks) I gained about 10 lbs. I am now...
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    3 months since surgery

    It's just shy of the 3 month mark since my surgery and I honestly feel great! The first 4-5 weeks were ROUGH, but somehow I made it through one day at a time. While I was in the middle of the hardest days I didn't know how much more I could take, but those days were so fleeting in the grand...
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    Arrhythmia and electrical issues post surgery

    Well I made it through my AVR surgery on Friday!! Definitely a relief although I feel run over by a truck. The day after my surgery my heart stopped twice for 4 seconds each time. I was awake during each time which was a crazy feeling - really hot, woozy and dizzy. Then I was hooked me up to a...
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    Surgery on April 1st

    Hi all! I've been lurking around here for a few months but this is my first post. It's been immensely helpful to read about everyone else's experiences. I'm 27 years old and was born with a bicuspid aortic valve with mild aortic stenosis. I went in for my checkups with the cardiologist every...
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    Surgery in less than a month

    Hi all! I've been lurking around here for a few months but this is my first post. It's been immensely helpful to read about everyone else's experiences. I'm 27 years old and was born with a bicuspid aortic valve with mild aortic stenosis. I went in for my checkups with the cardiologist every...


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