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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 on October 7, 2014 at 5:39

Well its been almost exactly 5 years since my last op, I am told im going to have to have one in the next couple weeks the valve i have now is to small as im only 16 so im still growing and the curre…

Well its been almost exactly 5 years since my last op, I am told im going to have to have one in the next couple weeks the valve i have now is to small as im only 16 so im still growing and the current valve is not big enough to help me so I might be spending another thanksgiving at Mayo

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 19:27

sports

i have lots of questions but my first and most important one is what sports am i able to play and not play

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 23:20 — 6 Comments

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At 9:08 on November 29, 2010, Graeme said…
Hi Quintin and welcome to our group!

As Richard said post a little more about yourself and especially in relation to your question on what sports you are allowed to play - I think that this question is a a trade-off between you and your doctors advice and even your parents, who will be obviously concerend about your ongoing welfare. In a nutshell I think that the more robust and physically aggressive sports should be considered as too risky and upping the likelihood of injury too much - ie the more physical the sport and the more likelihood of serious injury the more you risk the interaction effect of taking coumadin (warfarin) and bleeding. Obviously really physical sports (football etc) should be avoided and i also think you need to check on scuba diving as well because of the changes to your blood chemistry when diving under water.

On the other hand tennis i would consider as not being that dangerous nor say track sports or swimming.. but at the end of the day its always going to be a calculated risk - as all of us live normal lives with coumadin and we all take calculated risks with our exercise regime - be it sports, walking, running, gym - whatever....

So welcome to our group and dont hesitate to ask anyone any questions - we are all here to help you and to help one another!

cheers

Graeme Archer
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At 22:23 on November 28, 2010, Richard Deal said…
hey quintin,
welcome to the group! i think you have the dubious honour of being our youngest member, but we have quite a few members who have been living with their valves for quite some time that i am sure will be helpful to you and what you can expect in the years (and years and years) to come. post a bit about your story in the blog (or just read other people's blog entries) and any questions, comments or whatever else you may have post either as a comment to the blog, or if totally unrelated in the forums...
take care,
r
 
 
 

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