Nope. Valve choice is a very personal thing. The valve I have was the ONLY valve on the market then so my decision was very easy. Today that choice is much more confusing. That said, it does annoy me when people base their valve decision only on "old wives tales" regarding warfarin and opt for multiple surgeries to avoid ACT......that's why forums like VR.org are so valuable in allowing many points of view to be heard.jwinter;n884731 said:(Bet you would like to slap some sense into some of us at times also when we complain, don't know which valve to choose,.......
Go online and search "Starr-Edwards ball valve" You will find much info. Simply put....the valve design was influenced by an 18th century wine bottle cork. It is a plastic ball that floats inside a metal cage......opens and closes with the heart beat....like tilting a wine bottle.bgilbert;n884750 said:Dick, congrats! What does your valve look like? Would love to see a pic.!
bgilbert;n884750 said:Dick, congrats! What does your valve look like? Would love to see a pic
there has been iterative and substantial clear improvement in the years since the first generation ... just glance at that article above. We're now in the "bileaflet" age and they all have excellent features. On may as well just phrase it as the valve will itself never fail. There may be other requirements for surgery though (rare but not unheard of) such as having an aneurysm (such as myself and Superman)Regardless, this offers much hope for all of us clickers! (Assuming the valves actually got better and no lemons were manufactured in the past 50 years.)
glad that its working out for you, I always like to help a fellow warfarin "brother or sister" on the path to INR NIRvana... with regards to ACT. I am truly amazed at how much different the reality of ACT is from what they think and preach. I left the hospital thinking I needed to switch to electric razors and generally needed to be VERY careful in how I live my life.. I am so happy that this is far from reality!