Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Hi everyone, well I had the op on 7th Nov at Harefield, so now almost 3 weeks post-op. I'm happy to report it went very smoothly, no complications apart from picking up a urinary tract infection. So glad I chose a mechanical valve as I wouldn't want to go through this again. I was in hospital for 9 days as my inr took a little while to come up into range. Was discharged on the Friday and went to my local anticoagulant clinic on the Monday morning where it had dropped to 1.2. So I've virtually had to start again and had to give myself heparin injections for a few days.
I can see what everyone has been saying about feeling a stronger heartbeat etc. For the first couple of days it felt like the whole thing was lurching around in my chest. That's settled down now and I haven't found the 'ticking' too bad at all, it's quite reassuring really.
I'm still sleeping propped up in bed on loads of pillow, no hope of trying sleeping on my side yet. I'm also very sore still, more so now than in the first week. It feels like chest muscles, and back muscles, maybe my posture isn't very good at the moment. Will have to see my GP if it doesn't improve. I cooked a curry at the weekend, and probably moving around more, so maybe I did a bit too much. Doing loads od walking, up to about 15 minutes three times a day at the moment
Would like to hear if anyone else remembers having similar problems.
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