I'm glad you got a good situation, however there are members here who complain about the noise of their On-X valves. My view is that its related to anatomy and scar tissue from previous operations. Even their website makes almost no mention of 'quieter' as being a benefit.I keep my INR at 2-3. There is no ticking that I can hear. Just went through some allergy testing and again they could not believe how silent the On-X is.
I certainly agree with you about keeping your INR around 2.5 -- it isn't worth the risk to aim for a lower INR.My on X is quite loud. For the first year after my surgery I needed to have white noise to sleep, now I don’t. I work with a lot of kids and they frequently hear my heart, one even thought I had a bomb in my chest. I agree, I think being able to hear the valve has a lot to do with body habitus. I’m pretty thin. I try to keep my INR around 2.5, not worth risking lower value.
agreed ... if you read my blog post here https://cjeastwd.blogspot.com/2017/12/perioperative-management-of-inr.htmlHe stated that bridging is sometimes worse and could cause more bleeding problems than just getting off warfarin for the procedure then back on afterwards.
well so far every respondent to all of your questions who is on warfarin (and some self managing like me) has said "its not anything to be scared about" ... is it that you don't believe us?its’s still a scary thing for me. ...but the inr and warfarin is scaring me.
Thank you . You all have been a wealth of knowledge. I’ll see my cardiac surgeon on the 8th of January and I’m going to arm myself with all this information and make sure he explains it to me the way you have. Thanks again.Hi
agreed ... if you read my blog post here https://cjeastwd.blogspot.com/2017/12/perioperative-management-of-inr.html
I cite a journal called Australian Prescriber
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so yes, this is nearly twenty years old established practice now ... but many professionals are slow to catch up
A segement from that (I recommend you read my post) suggests that hyper anxious application of Anticoagulation therapy brings more hazzards than benefits:
well so far every respondent to all of your questions who is on warfarin (and some self managing like me) has said "its not anything to be scared about" ... is it that you don't believe us?
Search here ... almost everyone starts with some fear (caused by misinformed medical practitioners) and after being on it reports back "its a nothing".
Ignorance is where fear comes from (*just like kids)
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The trick is to get informed and trust the information. This is the basis for all scientific research - veracity
People are saying antibiotics and otc cold medicine do play well with warfarin. Is that a big problem?I think I told Pel this story. Before my AVR I was eating spinach and became quite sentimental, thinking 'this is the last time I'll eat spinach... ever (sniffle)'. I'm not even that fond of it. There are many old wives tales about Warfarin. Nothing to be scared of, seriously.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^but because I test weekly I spot it quickly and adjust my dose to suit.
How long have you had your on X? I’m not a real big wine guy but I love my bourbon . How much can I drink? I may on the weekend drink 4 to 6 oz mixed or straight. Will this be a problem ? ThanksI have an on-x. It clicks, but I don't care. I understand why a young woman might consider it 'unattractive', but it makes no difference to this bearded, middle-aged fat-arse. It gives me peace of mind.
Warfarin is no problem. Just another tablet, amongst others. I eat whatever I want, including spinach. Don't know what kale is anyway (the other no-no). One or two glasses of red wine nightly.
I'm 51 like you. No probs with the On-X. Can't comment on tissue valves.
That’s fine. I’ve been on Warfarin since I was 17. Never had a drop of alcohol before I was on Warfarin. Never saw an impact on my INR from it. Although I will confess to being a bit of a light weight. I don’t know if that’s the Warfarin or the little that I partake. It’s not due to size. Perhaps Kryptonian blood?How long have you had your on X? I’m not a real big wine guy but I love my bourbon . How much can I drink? I may on the weekend drink 4 to 6 oz mixed or straight. Will this be a problem ? Thanks