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Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin

Mechanical Heart Valve support group for people who are having mechanical heart valve & artificial & plastic heart valve replacement surgery

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Kevin David Parvin posted a blog post

Happy birthday to my Sorin St Jude MHV

So it has been six years today since my little ticker was expertly stitched in place! Still going strong, cardiolog happy – no problems, feel lucky to be alive. Thanks Graeme for this great support group.Cheers KevinSee More
Aug 3
Steve Blake replied to Steve Blake's discussion Travel insurance
"Thanks, John. I will take a look as you suggest and see what they have to offer. In the meantime I hope you enjoy your travels around the world and continue to benefit from good health. Many thanks for your reply. Steve."
Jul 31
John French replied to Steve Blake's discussion Travel insurance
"Hi Steve - for the last couple of years I have been using AllClear travel insurance which is an online broker. You have to fill in a medical questionnaire with your conditions and then they show you the various deals you can get. You then buy the…"
Jul 20
chris gidney replied to chris gidney's discussion Dentistry antibiotic cocer?
"Thanks Sue, I've since had a similar response in that my cardiologist is adamant that anything invasive dentistry-wise should have antibiotic cover. I've also been told that the dentist wont prescribe it as his insurance doesn't cover…"
Jun 30

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Travel insurance 2 Replies

Hi All,I hope you are all well and enjoying our glorious summer.I am considering a trip to the US with some friends next year and I note that many other members refer to their experiences abroad. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding travel…Continue

Started by Steve Blake in Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve. Last reply by Steve Blake Jul 31.

Dentistry antibiotic cocer? 12 Replies

I'm due to have a tooth extracrion & find there is still some disagreement over whether antibiotic cover is still required. Does anyone have recent experience of this? I'm three years since my avr.

Started by chris gidney in Mechanical Heart Valve - My story.... Last reply by chris gidney Jun 30.

cherries and warfarin

I get attacks of gout.  I don't want to take Allopurinol.  The gout flares are generally manageable but it has been suggested that a daily diet of cherries or blueberries will help. Apparently the active component is anthocyanin.  If I wasn't taking…Continue

Started by John Walters in Mechanical Heart Valve - My story... May 16.

INR tests whilst traveling inthe States 8 Replies

"Blood tests INR whilst in the States. This is the longest we will be away from home how do we go about having INR tests? Do we need to buy our own machine? Many thanks.

Started by Casa Joya in Mechanical Heart Valve - My story.... Last reply by Holly Allen Nov 9, 2017.

Shortness of breath 8 weeks post mechanical AVR surgery

I had my surgery 8 weeks ago (On-X valve) and then needed a pacemaker 5 weeks ago.  I am going to rehab and can do treadmill, bike, etc. at increasing speed and resistance with no SOB.  But if I walk up the stairs, or bend over and then stand up and…Continue

Tags: breath, of, Shortness

Started by Debra Rose Brillati in Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve Jun 5, 2017.

Mycobacteria chimaera 2 Replies

Has anyone had a recent letter from NHS regarding a device used in open heart surgery which is linked to a rare bacterium infection?

Started by chris gidney in Mechanical Heart Valve - My story.... Last reply by chris gidney May 1, 2017.

Meet ups? 1 Reply

Hope everyone had a good click click Easter. Now in my 4th year of a new aortic valve and wondering if any of the sitest members ever meet up?

Started by chris gidney in Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve. Last reply by Tim Grey Apr 26, 2017.

Detached retina caused by haemovitreous 1 Reply

I had a Mitral Valve Replacement (mechanical) 4 years ago and been getting on with life since. But I had a scare in May this year when I was on a one week holiday in Barcelona and suddenly lost vision in my right eye. It turned out to be a massive…Continue

Started by Janet Hogger in Mechanical Heart Valve - My story.... Last reply by Martina Dec 23, 2016.

Bass noise makes valve flutter?

Has anyone else had the strange experience of the mechanical aortic valve responding to loud, low noise? I've had this twice now, once with a motorbike roaring past. The other was last night at the theatre sitting 2nd row back near bass speakers ro…Continue

Started by chris gidney in Mechanical Heart Valve - My story... Sep 4, 2016.

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Happy birthday to my Sorin St Jude MHV

So it has been six years today since my little ticker was expertly stitched in place! Still going strong, cardiolog happy – no problems, feel lucky to be alive. Thanks Graeme for this great support group.

Cheers Kevin

Posted by Kevin David Parvin on August 3, 2018 at 8:38

Bass noise makes valve flutter?

Has anyone else had the strange experience of the mechanical aortic valve responding to loud, low noise? I've had this twice now, once with a motorbike roaring past. The other was last night at the theatre sitting 2nd row back near bass speakers ro… Continue

Posted by chris gidney on September 4, 2016 at 9:12

4 years post op !

Goodness me ! it is now 4 years since my tick tick thump Sorin valve became part of me. All is well, no problems INR spot on thanks to Coagucheck. Lots of sport, healthy eating (a few cheeky reds) and…

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Posted by Kevin David Parvin on August 13, 2016 at 18:01 — 2 Comments

Warfarin by the Kilo.. :-)

OK - hows this for a statistic! Since my Aortic Dissection and replacement of my aortic Valve 13 YEARS AGO last week - I have chewed my way through 1/3 of a kilo of warfarin ..and 2 kilos of Atenolol.. scary! 13 Down - 17 to go! :-)

Posted by Graeme on April 28, 2016 at 17:31

ticking valve

Hi , new on here.Had my titanium aortic valve 25 years ago,am fit,but my ticking valve has gradually changed to a normal sounding heartbeat, is this normal?. 

Posted by david moore on March 10, 2016 at 16:41 — 1 Comment

Health Update & Membership: Mechanical Heart Valve Support Group

Hi all,

hope all had a lovely Xmas and have started a bright and shiny New Year on a positive spin.... and the Xmas pounds (certainly hope not kilograms!) are now being attacked vigorously in the gym and bracing 10 mile bicycle…

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Posted by Graeme on January 19, 2015 at 15:01 — 2 Comments

Atrial Fibrillation

Hi all,

I stumbled upon this forum and I’m so glad that I did. Reading your posts, I have already learned much about my condition from the people who really know. Thank you to every member who has posted on this site.

I…

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Posted by Steve Blake on December 30, 2014 at 11:09 — 4 Comments

Help!

i am living with a mechanical aortic valve (i am 17) and trying to convince my dr 2 let me play basketball for the school, can someone help me get some credible sites and some proof to backup that I can play basketball 

Posted by quintin david meldrem on October 7, 2014 at 5:39

** Important Information for all MHV members**

Hello everyone - I hope you are all well, healthy and happy and enjoying our wonderful summer (Northern Hemisphere!)

 

Firstly, my apologies for not being more active on both this, our  (…

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Posted by Graeme on July 25, 2014 at 13:33 — 14 Comments

Charity Bike ride - 48 miles

Hi All

Just wanted to let you all know I did a 48mile (~77km) charity bike ride at the week, for British Heart Foundation. Two years post Op and I did it under my own power – I’m very happy to report I feel fine. The hills were tough but…

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Posted by Martina on May 20, 2014 at 20:35 — 3 Comments

 
 
 

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