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    Warfarin and Asprin

    Odd my surgeon has me on both and cardiologist was fine with it. I believe it is an accepted practice as long as you don;t have high risk bleed risks as it makes the platelets less sticky.
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    Valve No 2 .... Make That No 3

    I agree. I don’t care how low the percent of risk is to me every operation, even TAVR has risk and thus fewer the better. Again I have been so fortunate that my recover (4 weeks tomorrow) is going so much better than expected, but I still would not want to do this again.
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    Anybody using Coag Sense for INR testing?

    That was my plan to periodically compare to a lab draw. I like that the CoagSense has individually wrapped strips.
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    I will tell you I just went through this last month. I never thought about hearing the valve as the people I knew with mechanical never heard theirs. I only found this forum a few days before my OHS, but I was pretty much set on mechanical and hopeful to get an On-X. Roll forward and I do hear...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Awesome video and the promising on the tri-leaflet mechanical that may only need aspirin. Interesting how they say that those that home test had less issues becasue they took control of their control. I like the comment at the 22 minute mark where they said if you don't have a thrombolytic...
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    Anybody using Coag Sense for INR testing?

    Was doing some more reading and found this article that basically says Coag Sense and CoaguCheck XS are very accurate at INRs below 3 and above 3 the delta grows rapidly. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28379875
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    Tissue Regrets??

    This was part of the decision process I had when I made my decision last month. I knew medical advances would come, but would they come in a way that would make it worth going with a tissue valve. I decided that mechanical was tried and true and odds were in my favor of one and done. I hope this...
  8. K

    Tissue Regrets??

    I am not sure I agree. I had my local,surgeon and cardio push tissue valve and even the surgeon in Cleveland offered tissue (but he did not push it) and my thing was one and done and while there is no guarantee that this will be trouble free forever it is likely I will never need another OHS and...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Yeah, I agree. To me while they are telling me after 3 months I can go 1.5-2.0 I plan on staying closer to 2.5. I can’t see that gambling with possible TIA to stay just below 2 vs. the minimal increased bleed rick to be at 2.5 is not worth it.
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    Valve No 2 .... Make That No 3

    Wow, truly amazing story and glad it worked out. Makes me truly extremely appreciative every day that my surgery went off without a hitch and my recovery has been so amazing.
  11. K

    Importance of "heart valve card"

    For now I keep the card in front of my license so if I am unresponsive they will see that and need to pull it out to see my ID. I plan on getting. A medical bracelet, just trying to figure out how to jam in as much info in the limited 3 lines they grieve me.
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    Anybody using Coag Sense for INR testing?

    First I want to thank everyone here and this forum in general. I have been INR testing twice a week to dial in my INR. I am switching cardiologists because mine is just not collaborating and seems not happy I chose a mechanical valve. I spoke to the new cardiologist's nurse who ironically is the...
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    Mechanical vs Tissue - need help deciding

    Sad that Duke surgeon made a decision for you. The surgeon at Cleveland spent over 30 minutes talking to me about my condition and options and provided info for me, but let me make the final decision. Even morning of surgery the surgeon chatted with me in OR before surgery reviewing option and...
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    After your surgery, what are some of the things that you found out that surprised you

    I jokingly told the surgeon (and was actually serious) I would like them to video my surgery. He obviously did not take the bait. I was told they pin your shoulders back, tilt you had back a bit and raise your your mid section to give them better access and view. Either way most of that pain...
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    After your surgery, what are some of the things that you found out that surprised you

    So I am 3 weeks post op and honestly shocked at how little pain I was in. The first week I had more back and neck pain than chest pain due to how they position you during surgery. Think Alien scene were it bursts out of stomach and that is close to how they position you is what I was told...
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    Anybody using Coag Sense for INR testing?

    Yeah, I have found what looks like a reputable seller on eBay that has new in the box unit with test strips that I will likely pull the trigger on this week. The issue short term is until I switch cardiologist in 3 weeks my current one and th Coumadin clinic have not been playing nice with me.
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    anybody else react badly to anesthesia?

    Wow that is goo to know, wish I knew that 3 weeks ago ;-)
  18. K

    Mechanical Valve - clicking

    Damn that would drive me crazy. I have had one person say they can hear my On-X, but that person say a ticking clock drives them nuts. My wife can’t hear it unless she puts her ear to my chest.
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    Warfarin and Asprin

    I have heard aspirin makes the blood platelets less sticky or slippery as you say. I believe vitamin K interferes with how warfarin is acting as it is metabolized in the liver, I believe vitamin k increases your bodies ability to coagulate / clot blood which is the opposite of what warfarin is...
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    Anybody using Coag Sense for INR testing?

    Well I found a new cardio and chatted with her nurse and it looks promising. I explained I want collaboration on my treatment specifically INR and she said they are more than happy to work with me, I see the cardio in a few weeks and hope she will work with me wanting to test twice a week for a...


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