............ How has it been taking blood thinners?
You put the pill in your mouth and wash it down with water. Seriously, my problems with warfarin have been limited to only one time.......I allowed my blood to get too close to normal and I suffered a stroke. That was almost 50 years ago and I have had no problem with warfarin (blood thinner) since. I have three "ironclad rules" that I follow:
1. Take the anti-coagulant (warfarin) as prescribed!!! A seven-day pill box makes this easy.
2. Test your (INR) regularly....every week or two....10 minute home testing is now common practice.
3. Don't run with scissors. Anyone who can walk and chew gum at the same time can co-exist with warfarin.
I can tell you that the single biggest thing you can do to speed your recovery is to slow your recovery.
I know you asked Dick but "blood thinners" (and they aren't in any way thinning your blood) is really more in the mind than it is in reality. I can't count how many times people here have said:How has it been taking blood thinners?
Greetings, I had a St Jude Trifecta implant in 2015 and now find myself in need of a replacement due to deterioration.
Interesting - my reading/surgeon indicated that I'll buy more time from my tissue valve by being active than by riding the couch.oh, and the more active you are the more a tissue prosthesis is likely to enter SVD earlier than later.
he's right ... but not only from the tissue (from health), and define "active"Interesting - my reading/surgeon indicated that I'll buy more time from my tissue valve by being active than by riding the couch.
Another minor data point - had a consult w/ the shoulder surgeon and he basically flat out said that at my age, a full shoulder replacement was a no-go if I were on blood thinners. They'd arthro as best they could, but wouldn't take the chance on the open shoulder surgery.
wever, SVD limiting valve durability continues to be one of the main limitations of biological (vs. mechanical) valves ... Valve leaflet calcification has been recognized as the primary mechanism responsible for SVD, and the factors associated with an increased risk are related to patient characteristics (younger age, larger body mass index), cardiovascular risk factors, and variables pertaining to bioprosthetic valves per se (increased transvalvular gradient, prosthesis-patient mismatch). Although the reported durability of surgical aortic bioprosthesis is >85% at 10 years, most studies to date have used reoperation instead of valve performance parameters to define valve durability
Fair point re: "blood thinners" - I was being sloppy. I have noticed and it does bug me that even the local coumadin clinic staff use the phrases blood thinners/clotting factors interchangeably.
" Doctors (surgeons included) seem to not really deeply engage with you and your lifestyle. " Submitted for understatement of the year.
re: high intensity exercise - just dawned on me that the cortisol reaction from high intensity/inadequate rest may also contribute to SVD.
I appreciate the time you've taken to respond in detail. This helps a lot. I have a lot of reading to do.
A year ago August I had an artificial mitral valve replacement. I heard the ticking I think it was the 3rd day after surgery. It didnt scare me or worry me at all honestly it was a welcome tick without it I may not be hearing my son's laugh, my husband's occasional growl, or my grandaughters saying love u Grammy. I hear the tick now at least once every couple days. The only people I know besides myself that have heard it are docs or nurses.I'm a 48 year old male; 6'-3" height and 275lb.
I have AVR in my very near future, and need to decide my path forward : Mechanical (On-X) valve or Tissue valve.
I'm very nervous about the prospect of hearing something tick in my chest for the rest of my life.
Is there anyone out there that can shed some light on the noise concern - and perhaps share their experience?
Any feedback / recommendations greatly appreciated
(because I feel like I'm having a carburetor serviced on a V-8 engine)
You are missing out on life. I stop kids putting things in their mouths with a story about how I swallowed my daddy's favorite watch and they can hear it for themselves.A year ago August I had an artificial mitral valve replacement. I heard the ticking I think it was the 3rd day after surgery. It didnt scare me or worry me at all honestly it was a welcome tick without it I may not be hearing my son's laugh, my husband's occasional growl, or my grandaughters saying love u Grammy. I hear the tick now at least once every couple days. The only people I know besides myself that have heard it are docs or nurses.
What are the chances you end up on blood thinners in your 60s?
What are the chances you develop afib from the surgeon slicing your heart?
What are the chances you need another open heart surgery before you are TAVR ready?
What would your financial situation be at that point and time?
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