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    12 months tomorrow

    Hi Owenell, Parkville is a 10 minute walk from my office and where I had my surgeries. I come to London each year and will be there in August and September - last year I didn't travel because of my surgery, so I'm hanging out to be back this year. I home monitor warfarin, but if I needed to...
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    12 months tomorrow

    Thanks Beeknees. I hope your surgery is as sweet as honey and you are buzzing around in no time! I'll keep an eye out for your posts. All the best. Phil.
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    12 months tomorrow

    Hi All, It's the 12 month anniversary tomorrow for my mechanical valve. I feel great, have adapted to warfarin with no bother whatsoever and my valve beats so quietly I rarely hear it. So all up it couldn't be better. I saw my surgeon last week and he has cut me loose - he doesn't want...
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    Question for those who have had both Tissue and Mechanical

    Hi, I've had both - a homograft for almost 11 years and a mechanical for almost 10 months. The homograft served me well, but was a slight pain to deal with when it started heading south - feeling tired, lots of AF and disagreement between cardiologist and surgeon as to when replacement surgery...
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    Being carefree again

    Hi Agian, I now hardly give it another thought and it's not even a year after my last valve replacement. Truly, there are so many other things to think about. I live in Melbourne - let me know if you'd like to chat and I'd be happy to give you my number, or vice versa. Phil.
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    Do I still have aortic stenosis ...

    Hi Ski Girl, I declared the valve replacement and mentioned aortic stenosis. No problem. It was a question which surfaced for me later on - am I fixed and no longer have aortic stenosis or do I still have it? If it's the latter it's quite a re-framing as I have seem myself as one with aortic...
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    Do I still have aortic stenosis ...

    Hi Ski Girl, I declared the valve replacement and mentioned aortic stenosis. No problem. It was a question which surfaced for me later on - am I fixed and no longer have aortic stenosis or do I still have it? If it's the latter it's quite a re-framing as I have seem myself as one with aortic...
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    Do I still have aortic stenosis ...

    Hi Agian, For the travel insurance I mentioned aortic stenosis, it was more about how I see myself - as someone who still has aortic stenosis ... or not. Phil.
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    Do I still have aortic stenosis ...

    I'm going to London later in the year and was completing my travel insurance form over the weekend. When it came to questions about my heart - I thought do I still have aortic stenosis? I had a mechanical valve replacement last year and fingers crossed it should see me out (I do know this is...
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    Colonoscopy and warfarin

    Hi All, I'm having a colonoscopy in two weeks time. The guy performing this contacted me to say hold-off taking warfarin on the night before the procedure and recommence taking it the night of the procedure. This means I will miss one dose. I don't feel particularly concerned about this, but...
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    Scar issues

    Hi All, I had AVR in May last year. My scar has healed very well apart from the last 4 cms which is raised and still quite red (the rest of the scar is skin coloured and barely noticeable). Has anybody else had this raised and red issue and can you recommend a product to assist with flattening...
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    2nd OHS

    Hi heartstream, I had a third surgery in June last year. The first was when I was 7, the second was when I was 44 and the third was when aged 54 (mechanical valve) which I reckon was easier than when I had a human tissue valve at 44. I can't tell you why - I just seemed to have less pain...
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    Coping with eXtreme heat

    Hi All, I had AVR in June last year and I feel great. Previously, hot weather would really knock me around. Melbourne is having a heat wave at the moment. Yesterday was 41 C, today it is currently 40 C, tomorrow is forecasted to be 42 C and Friday 44 C and despite these extreme conditions I...
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    Hello all...

    Hi Rioone, I too had an AVR and Maze procedure in May this year. Since this time I've had no aFib what-so-ever after almost 30 years of putting up with it. I can't tell you how liberating it is to be free of the aFib beast. All the best. Phil.
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    Day 0 for Anthony (the thief)

    All the best. Will be thinking of you. Phil.
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    12 days to go Holy Moley!

    Holy Moly indeed, but you will be fine. I had what you are having done, plus an ablation, 25 weeks ago and feel terrific. Leading up to the surgery the overriding feeling I had was one of excitement. I just wanted it over and wanted to feel well again. It was my third surgery so I knew the...
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    Scar healing - question about the ridge/bumpiness of the scar

    Hi Tony, I have the exact same thing, but in reverse. The incision over the last 2 surgery scars has healed very nicely - blends in with the rest of the skin on my chest, however, the last 3 inches on skin which has not been previously cut (this time around the surgeon made the incision...
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    Pre-Surgery mind games

    Hi Jayhawk, What you describe is pretty normal. My experience was by the time surgery came around I was actually looking forward to it. I was ... bring it on ... as I wanted the damn thing over, done and dusted. And in reality it wasn't too bad at all. Now 20 weeks down-the-track you'd never...
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    32 and confused re: valve type selection

    Hi Fergus, Aortic Valve repair - aged 7. Aortic Valve replacement - aged 44 (human tissue) Aortic Valve replacement - aged 54 (mechanical) - May 2013. Noise of mechanical valve - non issue. Warfarin - non issue. Happy with valve choice - extremely. I hope this helps, but acknowledge...
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    Home monitoring ... I'm sure I'm doing it right, but ...

    Thanks and will do. My surgeon wants me to be between 2.00 to 3.00, so being fairly consistently mid-range is a good thing. All the best. Phil.
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