Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve: Click.Tick.Thump. Love It!

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

Joel Hebrink
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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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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!


Graeme Archer
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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