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

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

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 INR level to the required level of between 2.8 and 3.5 - not much margin for error. Back to the doctors tomorrow to see how much longer I need to recover. To those of you waiting for the op, I must say, without exaggeration, that it was less bother than I had expected, almost a walk in the park.

Thanks to all of you for your postings and to those of you who have sent kind wishes by mail.


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Comment by Dave Millard on September 30, 2012 at 20:13

Hi Kevin, 

Your right time flies by.

Glad to hear things are going well and that it was almost a walk in the park!

Can't say I am quite as active as you are yet, but like you I get tired in the afternoon/evenings, par for the course I think. The only real hiccup I have had to date has been a heavy cold, seem to be getting over that now.  

Keep us posted.



Comment by Martina on September 30, 2012 at 18:58

Hi Kevin

I echo John's comments. Great to hear from you and know you are doing well. I too found I was tired in the afternoons/early evening. I had the Loud thumping/vibration too - it does reduce with time.

Best regards


Comment by John French on September 30, 2012 at 17:08
Kevin - great to see you are making good progress. The INR bit can take a while to settle down. As you get fitter and stronger you start to exercise more and that has a knock affect on your body metabolising the warfarin. Once you get into steady state it is much easier to manage.

Onwards and upwards....


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