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

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

Rebecca Wilson
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  • Saint Paul, MN
  • United States
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Martina commented on Rebecca Wilson's blog post Feeling my heartbeat
"Hi Rebecca I too could heard & felt the ticking/thumping at first (I had Aorta valve & Ascending Aorta replacement MHV)  - it was like my body (especially my upper back/neck) was vibrating, I found it very annoying. The feeling did…"
Sep 23, 2012
brian strange left a comment for Rebecca Wilson
"Hi Rebecca, This happened to me also. I asked my registrar and he said 'something like'in some people the heart is not  repositioned exactly as it was pre-opp. and it was a bit closer to my chest. he said it would go back to…"
Sep 22, 2012
John French commented on Rebecca Wilson's blog post Feeling my heartbeat
"Rebecca - feeling your heartbeat now you have an MHV is completely normal. You do get used to it quite quickly (in my experience) so should gradually fade into the background. You are only 2 weeks post op so it can seem a little daunting but as the…"
Sep 22, 2012
Graeme left a comment for Rebecca Wilson
"Rebecca... I know exactly what you mean and only someone with a MHV can feel what you are feeleing..we all feel it..it actually is stronger - which is a great thing! Docs and other people only hear the ticking but as we (humans and animals) are…"
Sep 22, 2012
Anne Jones commented on Rebecca Wilson's blog post Feeling my heartbeat
"Hi Rebecca I am so sorry I got your name wrong in my comment, I have tried to correct it . Anne Jones"
Sep 22, 2012
Anne Jones commented on Rebecca Wilson's blog post Feeling my heartbeat
"Hi Karen Do you monitor your blood pressure and pulse with a monitor   or check it manually? I hear my valve , but don't feel my heart beating -except when my new pacemaker got stuck on 128! This happened 4 times in 9 months-what a…"
Sep 21, 2012
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Feeling my heartbeat

I'm 2 weeks post-op.  From reading posts before my surgery, I was expecting to hear my valve. It was a bit startling at first, but I have gotten used to the noise.  What I'm struggling with now is feeling my heart-beat.  No doctor or nurse seems to understand this and they keep telling me my pulse rate is fine. I'm trying to explain to them it doesn't feel fast, but feels much stronger, I constantly feel it.  Is this normal? Will it start to decrease or is this something I will always have?  See More
Sep 21, 2012
Rebecca Wilson replied to Alan's discussion First Half Marathon completed!
"Hi Graeme, I haven't had formal education on the warfarin yet, just trying to do my own research and hopefully I'm not interpreting it correctly, but I thought the more vitamin k rich foods I eat would require a higher dose of coumadin. I…"
Sep 5, 2012
Graeme left a comment for Rebecca Wilson
"Rebecca..   best wishes for tomorrows surgery! It will go off fine and you will be up and about in no time!   cheers   Graeme"
Sep 5, 2012
Rebecca Wilson replied to Alan's discussion First Half Marathon completed!
"Thank you for sharing, it definitely made me feel better. I am 38 and getting my MHV tomorrow. I completed my first half marathon this past June, I now realize I should have first discussed this with my cardiologist, but I made it. I am in the best…"
Sep 5, 2012
Graeme left a comment for Rebecca Wilson
"Hi Rebecca and welcome to the MHV Support Group. Please don't be backwards about using the forum or any of the social media apps on the site to contact any of us, we are all here to support you as well as each other! I look forward to seeing…"
Sep 4, 2012
Rebecca Wilson is now a member of Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve: Click.Tick.Thump. Love It!
Sep 2, 2012

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Feeling my heartbeat

I'm 2 weeks post-op.  From reading posts before my surgery, I was expecting to hear my valve. It was a bit startling at first, but I have gotten used to the noise.  What I'm struggling with now is feeling my heart-beat.  No doctor or nurse seems to understand this and they keep telling me my pulse rate is fine. I'm trying to explain to them it doesn't feel fast, but feels much stronger, I constantly feel it.  Is this normal? Will it start to decrease or is this something I will always have?…

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At 20:04 on September 22, 2012, brian strange said…

Hi Rebecca,

This happened to me also. I asked my registrar and he said 'something like'in some people the heart is not  repositioned exactly as it was pre-opp. and it was a bit closer to my chest. he said it would go back to normal after a while and it has. It used to thump against my chest, especially during a deep breath. Is this what you mean? If so it will go.

Regards, Brian  

At 12:13 on September 22, 2012, Graeme said…

Rebecca... I know exactly what you mean and only someone with a MHV can feel what you are feeleing..we all feel it..it actually is stronger - which is a great thing! Docs and other people only hear the ticking but as we (humans and animals) are about 90 per cent water (!) what you 'hear' is the hydrostatic pressure being generated by the MHV in our body..which takes a bit getting used to.. hence the 'thump' part of our motto... Click! Tick! Thump! but it is normal and you will get used to it... quite reassuring actually!

cheers

 

Graeme

At 14:59 on September 5, 2012, Graeme said…

Rebecca..

 

best wishes for tomorrows surgery! It will go off fine and you will be up and about in no time!

 

cheers

 

Graeme

At 10:13 on September 4, 2012, Graeme said…

Hi Rebecca and welcome to the MHV Support Group. Please don't be backwards about using the forum or any of the social media apps on the site to contact any of us, we are all here to support you as well as each other! I look forward to seeing you out and about on the site soon!

 

cheers

 

Graeme Archer

Founder

MHV Support Group

 
 
 

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