I posted this on another thread just now on the same topic: I was 37 and went with tissue (Inspiris Resilia) at the very strong suggestion of my surgeon and cardiologists. The three months I was on warfarin, we never really got it stabilized. I'm now seven months out and all is going well. It's a very personal decision, and as you'll see on this forum, there are passionate defenders in both camps. But really you know yourself and your lifestyle better than anyone else. And remember: there are no wrong decisions.
its always saddening to me how this point, which is often very flawed and magnified beyond its reality, is used by so many to make a decision.My wife was very reluctant to go with the mechanical valves because of the diet restrictions and the other impacts a lifetime anti-coagulation may have.
Pellicle, I see your point but sometimes emotions come into play like it does for my wife. I'm the logical one so that's why I'm in charge of reading up on all the valuable information on this forum to help her better manage her INR.its always saddening to me how this point, which is often very flawed and magnified beyond its reality, is used by so many to make a decision.
You are right, you don't want to nor have to give up foods with vitamin K, as long as you are consistent. She does try to eat a consistent amount of green vegatables/salads, including spinach, kale and brocoli. But the days of her eating a huge bowl of escarole soup (as an entire meal) would be troublesome for her INR that week. A small bowl is doable, but not in excess.She doesn't need to give up the salads (kale or even spinach)
the problem I have is that some twit put that out there in the first place and its not actually correct .... all part of the (at bet) outdated BS (at worst outright oldWivesTales) that the medical people love to espouse to make them feel somehow "in power" ... (speculation as to why)Pellicle, I see your point but sometimes emotions come into play like it does for my wife.
you don't even need to be consistent. Test and know thyself, I'm sure you'll find that it makes less difference than you think. I believe that you'll find that the >10 years managing themselves people here will agree that its not anywhere near as significant as its made out to be; and the >5 years managing themselves people are probably still counting out celery by the 1/4 ounce....you don't want to nor have to give up foods with vitamin K, as long as you are consistent.
I see from your previous posts that you have already had a tissue valve, and so this will be a replacement. So you already know the experience of open heart surgery, and I guess it depends how many times you are willing to go through that, bearing in mind it gets tougher each time both because you will be older and less strong, and because of scar tissue from previous surgeries.
I was exactly 55 when I got my mechanical valve. I wanted to avoid a second operation.