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  1. CatDad82


    For what it’s worth....thc doesn’t seem like it has any effect on coagulation rate positively or negatively.
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    (Yet Another) Mechanical/Tissue Dilemma – 37 years old with ticking clock

    For what it’s worth I was 37 in July 2019 when I had my aortic valve replaced. I chose an Onx mechanical valve because I don’t want surgery again. Adjusting to warfarin has been easy. Even if technology improves in the future, it still means more surgery which carries inherent risk, especially...
  3. CatDad82

    Plain old AVR

    I feel you. I had my AVR at 37. The time between discovering your heart isn’t tip-top and actually getting it fixed is hard. Don’t get lost in your mind. The people who do heart surgery know their business.
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    Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery - any tips?

    I was the same way. I woke up and they kept my tubes in for hours. I was restrained as well so my movement was really limited. Fortunately they gave me anti anxiety meds regularly to keep me from freaking out too much. I did have a couple instances when they had to suction me and I thought I was...
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    One Month!

    Hello, Thought I’d share that today is my one-month surgery anniversary. On July 10th, I had ohs at Johns Hopkins Hospital to replace my aortic valve with an ON-X mechanical valve and had a Dacron graft of my aorta. Dr. Dan Choi and a resident performed the surgery. I was in the hospital for a...
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    Post-op Beer

    Hi...I’m about 4 weeks post-op and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m blessed that I haven’t had any complications and my INR has been pretty stable. They installed an On-X valve and a Dacron graft when I had my OHS. I’m going on vacation at the end of August. I was wondering how long it was after...
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    Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery - any tips?

    That happened to me too. It was so awful. I thought I would choke.
  8. CatDad82

    St Jude Valves

    Does anyone have a St Jude Mechanical Valve? Any issues?
  9. CatDad82

    Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery - any tips?

    Hi...I thought I could share my story. My name is David. I’m 37 and I recently found out I have a heart murmur and need to have my aortic valve and aorta replaced. My surgery is scheduled on July 10th. They’re going to give me a St Jude mechanical valve and do a graft to replace my aorta. Is...
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