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Endocarditis and MHVs
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  In December of last year (2013) my family found out by taking me to the ER that I had developed endocarditis and a resulting sepsis. Very close to death, I was intubated and sedated for 3+ weeks.…Continue

Tags: valve, aortic, endocarditis

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cohen May 15, 2014.

Home Testing INR
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I'm curious how many folks are doing their own INR testing.  I just got my own testing kit this week, and am looking forward to skipping the trips to the clinic and the benefit of weekly testing.  My…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan F Bushey Jun 28, 2011.

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James Cohen replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Endocarditis and MHVs
"Graeme What a shocker - our wives are wonderful. Get well soon James"
May 15, 2014
Martina replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Endocarditis and MHVs
"Hi Graeme & Joel Sorry to hear about the issue you both have had recently but glad to hear you both are recovering. Graeme, I was shocked to read this - wishing you a speedy recovery, thinking of you. Best regards Martina  "
May 13, 2014
Joel Hebrink replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Endocarditis and MHVs
"Graeme,    I am glad you are feeling better and recovering. Also happy for you that you did not contract endo. I was freaking out a bit because nobody had told me the root source of the infection, but apparently most doctors my wife talked…"
May 13, 2014
Graeme replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Endocarditis and MHVs
"Interesting Joel..I never really thought about endocartitis but I have just spent a week in hospital with sepsis from a surgical procedure  that went wrong. I also had no idea I was as sick as I was until my hero (again!) my wife demanded a doc…"
May 13, 2014
Joel Hebrink replied to Graeme's discussion Is your heart valve noisy ??
"My latest surgery to, replace an MHV originally placed for regurgitation, was done to remove prosthetic components infected with "vegetation" due to endocarditis. David, in my experience, my On-X valve is quieter than my St. Jude valve,…"
Apr 30, 2014
Joel Hebrink replied to Tim Grey's discussion alcohol and warfarin
""Rarely and with caution" are two adverbs I almost never applied to drinking, but have been sober 20+ years. That may be why my cardiologist has never given me any guidelines regarding alcohol, but "in moderation" seems to make…"
Apr 30, 2014
Joel Hebrink replied to Graeme's discussion Is your heart valve noisy ??
"Tim,   Thanks for the input. When I got my first MHV I did also get a new Dacron(?) aortic root and ascending aortic arch to address an aneurysm. Apparently due to my septic endocarditis microscopic holes had appeared in my previous synthetic…"
Apr 1, 2014
Joel Hebrink replied to Graeme's discussion Is your heart valve noisy ??
"Thanks Graeme,    I actually think of this forum as similar to a 12 step group I belong to in that it is very helpful to talk with people that can relate to exactly what we are going through. Keep up this labor of love. (I guess on your…"
Apr 1, 2014
Joel Hebrink replied to Graeme's discussion Is your heart valve noisy ??
"Hey everyone,    In July of 2010 I received a St. Jude mechanical aortic valve and I was convinced my surgeon picked the noisiest valve he could find. People in a quiet room asked why my watch was so loud. Well, fast forward to December…"
Mar 31, 2014
Jonathan F Bushey replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"I still have to go to the clinic, but its once a month now. just waiting on them to say what to do since there has not been any changes in my dosing for a few months now.  "
Jun 28, 2011
ian kirkpatrick replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"Thanks Jonathan, I would be most interested to know who you approached for or agreed with for self testing and whether that includes self dosing. I am still talking to my PCT at Kingston who say 'changes may be afoot' but I still go to the…"
Jun 24, 2011
Jonathan F Bushey replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"I might be finding out tomorrow morning  (June 16th at 8am est) if I can start testing at home."
Jun 15, 2011
ian kirkpatrick replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"Thanks Chaps That is so helpful to have your views and experiences, think I'll take the mid point between Clinic and coaguchek, Settling the INR done does seem to be a lengthy process, does anyone know know how the clinic predict the effect of…"
Jan 17, 2011
liz dooley replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"my daughter mia had a mechanical mitral valve in march last year,her INR  range is between 3-4.we have been self testing since september & had no problems.roche xs.  "
Jan 17, 2011
Deryck Muehlhauser replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"Hi Ian,   I had my complete aorta repaired and a St. Jude aortic valve installed which may be a bit different than your condition.  However, my target range is also between 2.5 and 3.5.  The clinic struggled for 10 months to establish…"
Jan 17, 2011
Richard Deal replied to Joel Hebrink's discussion Home Testing INR
"hey ian, my inr was fairly easy to settle but i was on a combination of phenprocoumon, aspirin, heparin injections and a syringe driven thinner that they used in my clinic called agatra. basically over the three weeks i was in hospital i started off…"
Jan 17, 2011

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Living with a "non-typical" heart.

When a cardiologist informed me in May of this year that I should have surgery to replace a leaky aortic valve and repair an ascending aortic and pulmonary aneurysm, at first I didn't give it much thought. At age 18 months (1962) I had a Blalock-Taussig Shunt (don't remember that one), and at age 8 (1969) I had my tetralogy of fallot repaired. I remember quite a lot of that procedure. I was able to live a relatively normal life. I participated in contact sports in high school, and really didn't… Continue

Posted on July 26, 2010 at 22:05 — 2 Comments

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At 12:34 on July 26, 2010, Graeme said…
Hi Joel! And a BIG welcome to the Mechanical Heart Valve Forum! As Richard said dont be afraid to ask questions, put your point of view forward - whatever! We are all here to help one another! See you on the forums soon!

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Graeme Archer
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At 8:14 on July 24, 2010, Richard Deal said…
hey joel,
welcome to the group, make yourself at home! check out the forums for ongoing discussions and if you want to post a little about your story then do so in the blog. don't be scared to post, we only sound like acme bombs, none of actually explode!
take care,
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