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January 2012 Blog Posts (6)

What got me to here.....

Hi to all

I'm not sure if this is the best place for me to give a brief recent medical history of what brought me to this point, but I'll write it here and if a better place exist somebody can let me know.

I'm a 40 year working mother who over the last 5 years has been feeling like she is the worlds most unfit woman.  I have had increasing symptoms of breathlessness and exhaustion, however I would have explained it all away as not getting enough exercise!

About 12 weeks…


Added by Catriona Carnson on January 25, 2012 at 14:52 — 1 Comment

Hello  to All and a Thank You for the welcome to the MHV forum from Graeme.  This is my first writing . I have been all over this site ~~~reading blogs , video surgery's , ~~members list. Couldn't st…

Hello  to All and a Thank You for the welcome to the MHV forum from Graeme.  This is my first writing . I have been all over this site ~~~reading blogs , video surgery's , ~~members list. Couldn't stop long enough to check in !

 I am glad to have found this site ~~~"nice"  as there was nothing ~~no computers or friends with same condition to talk with when i had a mitral valve replaced in 1974.  That will be 38 years ago in Feb. 2012.

I am doing great , have no…


Added by Anne Jones on January 16, 2012 at 23:32 — 1 Comment

A little info to get us started

Hi All, im a 31yo male living in Australia for the last 29 years and recently got myself the latest fashion craze, the MHV and thought id share a little.

so my story goes like this, born with a congenital heart defect i had my first surgery at 11weeks old, this kept me in good health untill i was 19yo when i started to show signs of needing  another surgery due to severe arotic regurgitation. so in 2000 i had my aortic valve replaced with a pig valve ( i had actually gone down to the…


Added by Daniel Hay on January 10, 2012 at 0:16 — No Comments

Dentist letters

Hello everyone,

had a bit of a downer this week as i was told i needed a letter from my dentist prior to my heart valve op, so went and saw my dentist who looked concerned about writing a letter to my cardiologist, but he did it and he said i needed a couple of teeth that were decaying dealt with and that i had pockets and sub gingiva calcus on my back teeth !!!! whatever that is so i think this will put my op date off till i get this sorted, i was wondering if anyone else has…


Added by Mark David Farrer on January 7, 2012 at 20:10 — 2 Comments

Op on 06 January 2012

Hi folks. I am to have an op on Friday 06 January to replace my bicusp heart valve with a mechanical one and to have part of my dilated aorta replace with some plastic tube.

The only thing I really worry about is the Warfarin I'll have to take for the rest of my life (until a suitable replacement is found). After all the stories of woe on here about Warfarin, it has not made me feel any better about it.

Anyone not had problems with it?

Added by Allan P Hewison on January 4, 2012 at 22:15 — 2 Comments

happy new year


Happy new year to everyone on the site. Hope you have a great 2012.

Best wishes,


Added by Neil Buckland on January 1, 2012 at 10:28 — No Comments


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