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    Protimenow Update

    Sorry to hear that you had to go through something so scary but very glad that you're on the mend!
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    Mandatory in-patient rehabilitation?!

    This is crazy, you can't heal where you are. It's not good physically because of germs and it's not good emotionally. If it were me, I would first talk to a person in charge, explain the situation and hopefully they would discharge you. If they didn't want to do a discharge then I would just...
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    2nd AVR on my horizon : (

    Best wishes on a smooth and quick recovery!
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    Expenses (US) for coumadin/warfarin... what should I expect?

    I'm in the US. When I buy it without insurance I pay $10 for 90 pills. I buy three sizes, 1mg, 4mg and 5mg. The interesting thing is that the price is the same no matter what strength I buy. I expected the 5mg to cost a little more than the 1mg but they don't.
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    Aortic valve repair or replacement

    Best wishes on your surgery and recovery!
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    Anxiety about upcoming surgery.

    Wishing you the best with your surgery and a quick uneventful recovery!
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    Recommendations For Home INR Machine

    I use the CoaguChek XS. I have one meter that was provided by the company through insurance. I test once a week on this meter, report my INR to the company via the internet and the company reports it to the cardiologist's office. A bit of a redundant system but that's how they set it up here in...
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    5 Year Mark

    Congrats! And Best Wishes for at least another 60 more years!
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    Anxiety about upcoming surgery.

    I had my bicuspid aortic valve replaced with a St Jude's Mechanical valve and I had a very large aneurysm rebuild. I wasn't pale and I wasn't very bloated, just my fingers and hands a little. There will definitely be many tubes and wires. The only thing that bother me a bit were the drainage...
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    Anxiety about upcoming surgery.

    I remember the same disappointment. I had surgery in October and didn't have an SVT until March. I really thought that I was done with them. I've been getting them since I was 13 and I too will probably get them for the rest of my life. Bearing down to cause pressure in order to stop them has...
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    MAYBE #3 OHS in my future...ick

    Best of luck with your surgery and a quick recovery!
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    Allow me to reintroduce myself...

    Nicole, I'm so sorry to hear about all you had to go through. You're one strong and brave woman. My heart goes out to you.
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    Plain old AVR

    Hi PAN! I have a St Jude mechanical valve. I've had it for 4 years and have never heard any clicking. As far as Warfarin goes, I test with a meter at home and it hasn't been a problem. This site, Pellicle in particular, has been of great value in learning how to maintain INR etc. Best Wishes!
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    Why I am here

    Although I don't post very often I do visit here daily. I learned more about monitoring and adjusting Warfarin here than I could have learned anywhere else. I guess I'm here for the knowledge gained from our experts, Thank You!
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    Daily Aspirin Post Aortic Valve Replacement

    For 4 years I've been taking an 81mg aspirin every day. After about the first 6 months it started to bother my stomach so I switched to enteric coated aspirin and I no longer have any problems. I also take it with dinner.
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    Pellicle, what a beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    Harriet so glad to hear you are on the mend! It's been a long road for you but you are one strong woman and you are on your way to where you want to be!
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    St Jude Valves

    Tom and Protimenow.... Same here, my cardiologist told me to just drop my INR to 1.5 for procedures. No bridging. My surgeon said that he only uses St Jude valves because of their track record. I'm quite happy with my St Jude.
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    4 Days post op Bloody Hell / mire updates to come when l am up to it !!!

    Harriet, so glad to hear from you so soon after surgery. Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery, you're quite a fighter!
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