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UK Annual Travel Insurance
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I wanted to poll the forum for a bit of advice.... I currently have an annual travel insurance policy with Direct Line and they were OK to cover me for everything medical with the exception of my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John French Jan 20, 2012.

Any advice pre-operation ?
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Hi - I am new to this site as I am scheduled for my aorta valve replacement surgery next week.  I am also having the aorta root replaced as well as I have an aneurysm of the ascending aorta. I have…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John French Oct 4, 2011.

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John French replied to Casa Joya's discussion INR tests whilst traveling inthe States
"I purchased my Coaguchek over 5 years ago direct from the manufacturer (Roche) and if you were a long term warfarin user you did not have to pay VAT. You have to fill in a declaration to qualify for the VAT exemption."
Jul 24
John French replied to chris gidney's discussion Dentistry antibiotic cocer?
"Glad you got it sorted. I have just had to register with a new GP and dentist following the move but not broached this topic with them yet. So I am sure I will go through the same discussion again. I will refer them to my discharge notes, from 5…"
Apr 29
John French replied to chris gidney's discussion Dentistry antibiotic cocer?
"Hi Kevin - glad all is OK with you and retirement is treating you well... I have just escaped to the country myself - my wife and i have given up the jobs and moved to the New Forest. Life is too short so you have to enjoy it !"
Apr 28
John French replied to chris gidney's discussion Dentistry antibiotic cocer?
"I bit of a delayed post as I have not ben on the site for a while now, but I have suffered the difference of opinions on this topic.  My specialist has recommended antibiotic cover for any intrusive dental treatment (includes seeing the…"
Apr 24
John French replied to Graeme's discussion Is your heart valve noisy ??
"Martina mentioned the Heartbeat River soundtrack - I got it as a MP3 download off the internet.  Straight after the operation I used it on my IPOD at night and it really helped me block out the sound of the valve initially.  After about 2…"
May 1, 2014
John French replied to Kerry's discussion Met the surgeon now on the waiting list after been told its worse than before.
"Kerry - as several people have said the waiting is the hardest bit. Everyone is different so everyone's experience is different as well. I had Aortic Valve replacement as well as replacement graft of the ascending aorta - just under two years…"
Sep 12, 2013
John French replied to Janet Hogger's discussion Self dosing
"Janet - i self test with the Coagucheck XS and call in my result for does updates. Like you I do not need venous tests but I do need to have my machine calibrated once every 12 months with the machine at the clinic. The clinic machine always seem to…"
Aug 28, 2013
John French replied to Kevin David Parvin's discussion Long haul travel.
"kevin - definately echo the comment about taking the Warfarin in UK time rather than local time. I have travelled a lot in the US on business recently and always took my Warfarin at 8pm UK time - so when I was on the east coast that was 3pm local…"
Aug 28, 2013
John French replied to Kevin David Parvin's discussion Happy first birthday
"congratulations Kevin - 1 year is the first major landmark ..... great feeling isn't it !"
Aug 20, 2013
John French replied to Michaella Gurden's discussion My story
"Hi Michaella and welcome to the site.  I had my valve replacement just over 18 months ago now but there are people on this site with many years of experience.  You have done the hard bit and now it is all down to recovery and making sure…"
Apr 17, 2013
John French replied to Antony Bambrough's discussion Phew... 6 months waiting... but finaly its done
"Hi Antony - I had all my complications before surgery - once I had the op it was all fine and seems a distant memory now so never looked back. The shoreline in the Photo is in Iceland - it is one of the smaller lakes that has a glacier flowing into…"
Mar 18, 2013
John French replied to Antony Bambrough's discussion Phew... 6 months waiting... but finaly its done
"Antony - sounds like you really went through the mill post op with all the complications. Great to see you are on the road to recovery - look forward not back was always my motto during the recovery period. As you said - onwards and upwards. All…"
Mar 15, 2013
John French replied to Madeleine M's discussion Coagcheck: Self testers - do you ever have a hospital INR check?
"It's great that we can compare notes on this site as it clearly shows the differences of opinions on INR testing across the various health authorities and hospitals. My hospital anticoagulation clinic doesn't use venous blood sampling…"
Mar 9, 2013
John French replied to Gary Beardsley's discussion Eczema on warfarin
"Hi Gary - I have been on Warfarin for 17 months now. I was born with eczema but largely grew out of it in later life. The only time it used to flare up was in the winter and mostly affected my hands. I have not found that warfarin has made it any…"
Mar 9, 2013
John French replied to Madeleine M's discussion Self testers - do you ever have a hospital INR check?
"Madeleine - I have been self testing for 14 months now and call in my results to my local hospital anticoagulation clinic. I have never been called back for a venus blood test by the clinic or my GP so wouldn't worry about it. Like you I had to…"
Feb 25, 2013
John French replied to Kevin David Parvin's discussion 5 months on - feeling great ! INR like a YoYo
"I found that pricking the finger in the finger tip provided a much better chance of getting a good sample of blood.  I did try the side of the finger as recommended on the Coagucheck DVD but that never worked for me.  I watched the nurse…"
Dec 31, 2012

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My Mechanical Heart Valve is 1 Year old today !

12 months ago today I had my surgery at St Georges Hospital to replace my Aortic valve with an ATS open pivot mechanical valve as well as a graft to replace a section of my ascending Aorta.
 
It was a two year wait for me from diagnosis to surgery. Without any…
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At 16:58 on September 29, 2011, Graeme said…

Hi John

 

and welcome to the MHV Forum! Dont be afraid to jump right in here - we are all here to help you and one another! I look forward to seeing you on the forums soon..

 

cheers

 

Graeme Archer

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