Younger folks' bioprosthetic valves calcify quicker than older folks' bioprosthetic valves, so are you saying the inflmmatory response in younger folks is stronger and therefore leads to quicker calcification ? But when it comes to native valves, calcification doesn't happen with younger folks, only with oldies. Maybe the tissue valve causes inflmmation in and of itself as it is foreign ? Then why don't mechanical valves cause inflammation ? They're even more foreign than tissue valves surely ?Savymom;n858758 said:I wonder if diet and overall health have anything to do with calcification on the valve? Diets rich in inflammatory foods causing inflammation in the body, disease, and a host of other problems triggering the calcification. Younger folks might be able to handle the inflammation better just because of age.
There is a lot of research on food and the effects it has on inflammation in the body, yet I feel like its not something ever discussed at the Dr. Office.
Btw, I'm 10 years post avr with a tissue valve, received when I was 25.
Hi Aglan - a healty total cholesterol can be higher than that depending on the cholesterol profile, you can't just go on the total. My high total is driven up by my extremely high HDL, the so called "good" cholesterol, of 3.7 (143 in the US - practically a world record I should think LOL). This means the cholesterol profile can be more protective than a person whose HDL is too low and whose total cholesterol is low. Also my triglycerides are extremely low which is again a good thing and another sign that the profile is good. I take a weeny dose of pravastatin, just 5mg/d, which gives a pleotropic effect rather than a cholesterol lowering effect. and is also anti-inflammatory. Btw, something like 50% of heart attack victims have cholesterol levels below 5 ! Of course my GP will probably freak when he sees my numbers but my endocrinologist is a very much superior doctor than my GP and by the time I see my GP he will have got the endo's reportAgian;n858755 said:I think a healthy total cholesterol should be below 5.5.
Yes, I realise I'm very lucky. Prior to 2008 I was spending £££ on fish oils. Now that I am getting it on prescription it's free as I'm over 60 (NHS - I have paid into it all my life !). I do appreciate that the GP may take the Omacor away one day as it is pretty expensive....fingers crossed he doesn't. I eat some oily fish every day too.cldlhd;n858769 said:In my opinion most drs are more interested in selling the cure rather than helping to prevent. In their defense part of this is probably due to time constraints. As for a prescription for omega-3's that would save me some $$$. I currently take krill oil to help boost mine but that's at full retail.
I found some references yes thanks, but honestly they don't really show that it's the immunue system in the young which leads to increased calcification in them with bioprosthetic valves, there's just a "suggestion" of immune system not any explanation. Hence there are more questions than answers ! How do you measure a person's immune response ?epstns;n858768 said:Anne - I would have to go to the "way back machine" to find some of the references needed for this discussion. It appears that dornole found some, maybe you found others.
Blood volume is increased 50% during pregnancy, then labor is a whole new story. but hormones I'm sure play a role.. When pregnant you have higher relaxin hormone ( spelling) which does just that, relax.. And allows things to stretch..Paleogirl;n858780 said:If pregnancy and childbirth affected the progression of your valve regurgitation, Savymom, that would suggest a hormonal element wouldn't it ?
Which probably explains why my gums receded practically overnight in the days before my son was born - and they never went back to pre-"relaxin" levelsSavymom;n858794 said:When pregnant you have higher relaxin hormone ( spelling) which does just that, relax.. And allows things to stretch..