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

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December 2010 Blog Posts (2)

Kathryn's Introduction

Hello Survivors!

 I wanted to shortly summarize my eventual ownership of a Mechanical  mitral valve. When I was 12 I got strep, then St.Vitus Dance after Rheumatic fever. Doctors gave me antibiotics and my heart remained unchecked until 1999, when I almost died in childbirth (to Wallace) from the anesthesia. My valve was un cooperative. 2003 I had another birth(to Liam) that had a para-natologist check my heart through out and forced me to have natural childbirth due to the…


Added by kathryn louise weitzel on December 30, 2010 at 1:00 — 2 Comments

Low INR Even After High Dosage Coumadin and Lovenox - What Can I Do?

Hey Everyone

My INR has been 1.3, 1.7 and 1.8 in the past 3 weeks (I am now 9 weeks out of surgery). I do not know why it is now so low and wont go up (I am on 15 mg / 10 mg coumadin alternating and also lovenox).

Has anyone had problems with low INR? Are there any options to increase INR? I do not eat any leafy foods, dont eat high vitamin K foods, dont drink alcohol, dont smoke, etc.



Added by Stephany on December 7, 2010 at 3:02 — 3 Comments


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