Hi Thomas glad to see a fellow Ontarian. I am on Innisfil. I have a medtronics mechanical valve since 2011 and only hear at night when laying my left side.Hi all,
First, a quick intro. I've been a member of the forum for a few months but haven't posted.
I'm in Aurora Ontario (north of Toronto), 56 and was born with a defective mitral valve that was discovered many years ago. I had a St. Jude mech. mitral valve put in Jan. 29 this year and so far things have gone very well. I'm a professional musician and I'm glad to say that I'm back to drumming with as much energy as ever. Walking and riding (bad knees-no running) for miles and back to lifting weights. Other than the steady diet of warfarin and INR checks, there isn't much of a difference to life before the surgery.
I've read many posts and followed threads here. I'm very impressed with the wealth of first hand knowledge and support here; kicks butt over my GP. This site has become a go to for me over the last while. Thanks to all of you.
As far as clicking goes, at first it drove me nuts. When I spoke to my cardiologist about it, he pointed out that the alternative of no clicking is not a desirable one. Good point there.
I've become used to it and don't notice it as much now. When I do hear it, usually in bed at night, it's weirdly like counting sheep - puts me right out.
All the best,
to the best of my knowledge this is exactly on the money. While there is tendency to say "my valve .." among valvers the reality is that with the modern bi leaflet valves there is so little difference between them that if shown the top 3 valves I would say the vast majority of people would not be able to see the difference.I have a tissue valve and can hear mine when it is quiet and I’m trying to relax/sleep. I think OHS rearranges stuff and it is unavoidable.
I have had my mechanical heart replacement since 2005 and it has been ticking since then. At night, try putting the pillow under your left side when you are trying to fall asleep, that usually does the trick.Mines not to noticeable in the day on a noisey building site but at night when trying to get to sleep it is very audible.
out of interest how old were you when you first got it? (at the risk of seeming to ask your age, but I just wondered how old you were when you commenced warfarin because I also volunteer with helping younger people learn how to manage their INR)As I sit here typing I can distinctly hear my SJAV. It sounds like a ping each beat. BTW, I have had the valve 32 years now.
Congratulations for a long healthy life with you valve, this is exactly why I went mechanical.I was age 32 when I had my aortic valve replaced with a Saint Jude pyrolytic carbon mechanical valve, which is a dual Leaf valve. I am now going to be 64 in a few months and seem to be going strong. I have had to stay on top of my Coumadin blood thinner levels because they can vary by various influences, such as what you eat, weight, etc. Sometimes I get a bit irresponsible, I have waited almost three months between INR blood tests. I never recommend such a thing, but my valve has been doing so good sometimes I get a bit complacent.