Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

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Gordo60

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If nose bleeds are a factor I’m definitely staying away from mechanical valve / warfarin. Have had regular nose bleeds all my life. Being tall others would stir me by putting it down to high altitude:unsure:.
 

rwsp768

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I have had 2 nose bleeds that stopped fairly quickly, first one bled a bit, bit just put a tissue in my nose. I have had 2 minor finger bleeds as well and all stopped fairly quickly and my INR has been running 2.5 - 3.5. While I understood the risk of bleeds with mechanical, the risks and costs of multiple OHS was not something I was will to deal with.
 

rwsp768

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I have been on Warfarin since 2005, started having nose bleeds, did a online search and found that folks on Comedian, Warfarin etc need to take Gelatin which is just Jello. Started to drink hot Jello in place of coffee nose bleeds went away.
 

Classtime Sailer

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Los Angeles, CA
It has been 7 1/2 years since I got my St. Jude B100-25A and I just had my yearly echo and visit to my Cardiolgist. All good. The valve looks as good as when it was new. I'm a cyclist that does not take it easy. 7,000 to 9,000 miles per year with some challenging 100-130 mile events each year. It doesn't seem that elevated heart rates for 10 hours at a time have a negative effect on the durability of this tissue valve. My surgeon told me at my 6 week visit, "no restrictions". My Cardiologist says, "take it easy. Keep doing what your doing." Maybe I should ask him to go for a ride with me.
Jeff
 

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