it's an interesting study but it is just 53 patients who were operated (3rd or 4th OHS) upon from 1985 through 2006 in 1 hospital in Turkey. Alot has changed in OHS from the 80s or even 90s until now.Scott, for those with tissue valves here are facts on reops
by the way where are the baby pics :thumbup:
As usual Lynn you are right on the money and with every day survival rates improve these are stats about strokes in general http://www.theuniversityhospital.com/stroke/stats.htmso manage your ACT and .............. we live in amazing times so Scott, take time every day to cuddle that baby (he'll probably object when he is 65 BUT) I am proud to say that my son (Hannah's dad) gets upset if he is not able to give me a peck on the cheek whenever we partit's an interesting study but it is just 53 patients who were operated (3rd or 4th OHS) upon from 1985 through 2006 in 1 hospital in Turkey. Alot has changed in OHS from the 80s or even 90s until now.
Yes and no. Assuming all other things (valve type and risk factors) being equal, in that particular year, yes both would have comparable risk. This ignores the first 3 months or so of the new valve patient when stroke risk is highest, but that only confuses the issue discussed here, so best to ignore.If you go 25 years without having a stroke you probably have the same chance of having a stroke as someone who has just had a new mechanical valve.
noHockey Heart;n40265 said:Is it true that with a Mechanical Valve, your chance of stroke increases by 3% each year?
and me to please, looks interesting the mailchimp link doesn't show anything)LondonAndy;n886891 said:...see this report from our National Institute of Clinical Excellence, that was published in 2014.
I so agree with all of this post. This frequency of testing, made convenient and realistic by having your own meter to do so, should be advertised on big, neon signs in every cardiac ward in my weird fantasy world. Anticoagulation clinics that tell people otherwise are perpetuating their own, financial self interest, not the best interests of the patient, in my opinion; accepting that some much older patients or those with some disabilities might struggle to self test, but for a normal, able-bodied person it is easy. Fortunately I get my test strips free of charge on our NHS, but if I had to pay for them, at around US$4 each, (so costs are about US$4 per week) I would happily do so for the freedom this way of monitoring a crucial aspect of my health makes possible.Protimenow;n886897 said:Weekly self testing may be the most effective way to prevent thromboembolic events (TIAs or strokes). As mentioned earlier, doctors like to call TIAs - even the most minor ones - strokes.