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    Potentially need another surgery; Mayo Clinic

    Hi. It's been awhile since I've been on the site and have posted. I'm 3 years post op for a mechanical AVR. Since probably November/December I've been getting chest pains and short of breath. I saw my cardiologist in December and she ordered an echo and stress test. I had the echo done and it...
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    mechanical valve and testing

    Hi I have a st.judges mechanical valve and was wondering of there is any testing I can't have done. I know a ct scan is okay and x-ray but what about mri ,pet scan etc. If anyone can help or give me direction on where to find the information. My temporary ID card is confusing and I had a hard...
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    3 weeks post op and have some sternal movement

    Hi everyone. Things are going pretty well so far. I've been cleared for cardiac rehab start next week. I've have some tachycardia episodes but nothing to bad incision looks good and no swelling. So nice to not be short of breath when walking orc,imbing stairs. Only issue is popping sensation and...
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    4 days post op

    I just wanted to let everyone know I made it to the other side. I've had some hiccups with recovery low blood pressure which kept me in cardiac ICU overnight low potassium and initially my heparin drip didn't touch my PTT. Now I'm on the reguikar cardiac floor and my PTT is coming up and maybe...
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    Less then a week until surgery and still unsure about tissue or mechanical.

    Surgery is Thursday the 17 and I'm freaking out a bit. I was fine before my first surgery but for some reason this time I'm a basket case. I still haven't decided between a tissue valve or mechanical valve. I'm so afraid that I'm going to regret my decision. Whatever I choose. Any advice is...
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    Having second OHS AVR and new to group

    Hi everyone I'm new to the group and am having my 2nd AVR on jan 17. I have a few questions for those with mechanical valves. I'm leaning towards that as I'm 27 and don't want to have to go through more surgeries. I'm really nervous about having to take coumidin and life after surgery. I have a...
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