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

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

September 2012 Blog Posts (9)

2 Months Post Op !

How time zooms along!  - Almost 2 months in since my replacement valve. All going well, tired in the afternoons and early evening, and a very load thumping (no clicking) of the heart at times.

I am managing 45 minutes of walking (being pulled along by my 55 kg Beauceron) in the mornings, followed up by about half an hour's cycling in the afternoon ( no Beauceron at this stage).

My cardiolog is happy with the outcome of operation and my recovery. I am having trouble getting my…


Added by Kevin David Parvin on September 30, 2012 at 16:44 — 3 Comments

Another very good day

Just to share again I m day 12 post op. Today in the morning I walked to the village (about 1 mile away) had a look at the market stalls and had a nice coffee and a bacon bap. My mum was cleaning so she wanted me out the house lol. Than a friend called me and asked me if I wanted to go to Maplin and look around and I did as I wanted a TV tuner for my laptop. 

About 2 PM I went with mum and another two friends to Tesco and did a bit of shopping (no lifting but lots of walking) and in…


Added by nic nic on September 29, 2012 at 19:15 — No Comments

My bicuspid valve story

I m 38 (39 nearly) never really been sick and had no symptoms.

Back in the winter or spring I had a real bad cold. My GP listened to my heart and told me that I have a heart murmur. So I was sent to see the cardiologist at Frimley hospital. He confirmed I have a bicuspid valve which will require replacing with a mechanical valve eventually in the next few years.

But in May I was asked to go an meet the surgeon from St George Dr Kanagasabay who told me…


Added by nic nic on September 27, 2012 at 17:41 — 12 Comments

4 weeks post op

I'm glad to be at this stage.  The pain and discomfort is subsiding and I'm now walking 30 mins a day. I go for pre assessment for rehab next week.  I'm concerned that my heart rate is over 100.  Before the op it was around 60.  I hope it will settle in time.  I'm at the Warfarin clinic twice a week as my INR is not yet in therapeutic range.  Still getting used to the thump click of the St Jude mechanical heart valve replacement for my mitral valve.  Very disconcerting when you hear it…


Added by Janet Hogger on September 26, 2012 at 4:02 — 2 Comments

Finished cycling holiday ~5months post Op

Hi All


Just wanted to share my happy news with you all. I’ve just been on a cycling holiday in Andalucia – beautiful spot in Spain but very hilly! It’s been just over 5 months since my MHV Aortic Valve & Ascending Aorta replacements. I’m 47yrs old and like cycling, I wanted to get back to cycling as soon as possible – I had an electric motor fitted to my bike and had been cycling again post ~2.5months since Op. I hired an Electric bike on holiday – a pedalic i.e. have to…


Added by Martina on September 23, 2012 at 19:15 — 4 Comments



Today marks 52 years since the first successful artificial valve implant in a human

The valve was the STARR-EDWARDS.





Added by Anne Jones on September 21, 2012 at 19:45 — No Comments

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?…


Added by Rebecca Wilson on September 21, 2012 at 19:34 — 4 Comments

First Artifical Valve Implant

Dr. Albert Starr  was the first Cardiac surgeon to successfully implant an artificial valve in a human being.  Lowell Edwards  a pioneer in Cardiac several years older came to Dr Starr to discuss an artificial heart, Dr. Starr suggested a valve first .  Together they implanted their design in several canines , who lived and were thriving .  They decided it was time for a human implant. The female patient was dying in an oxygen tent, she…


Added by Anne Jones on September 18, 2012 at 13:46 — 1 Comment

The BIG Question...MHV or Tissue valve? The bogeyman = Warfarin

** Before you read this blog post in its entirety let me reiterate that this decision (MHV v tissue valve) is an incredibly personal (and difficult!) decison and that their are nearly equal advantages to having one procedure or the other. This decision is ultimately made between yourself and your medical professional and should be based primarily on their professional opinion and recommendation.

Background: It appears that their 'seems' to be quite a spirited difference of opinion…


Added by Graeme on September 9, 2012 at 12:00 — 2 Comments


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