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

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Dave Millard
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Colds and Warfarin
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Hi everyone, I am now a couple of months post op and still struggling to build up my somewhat depleted energy reserves. Was due to start rehab tomorrow but can't go now as I have caught a nasty cold,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Millard Sep 30, 2012.

Waiting for an op.

Hi Everyone,I am awaiting a date for replacement of my Aortic Valve. Having spoken to the hospital it appears that it could be anytime from June to mid-August, excluding emergencies etc. In the…Continue

Started May 24, 2012

Newby - My Story
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Hi everyone,I came across this site after being told by my cardiologist that I need a new heart valve.  Once over the initial shock I thought it would be a good idea to find out what I was up…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Millard May 5, 2012.

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At Home

Hi Everyone, well after 2 days in ICU and 6 days on the ward I went home.

Today is day 3 at home and I am feeling fantastic, my only setback having been "the sneeze" (despite Graham's warning), following which out came the strong pain killers. The most important piece of equipment without doubt is that "COMFY" blanket!:-)

I am being careful and doing everything at a slow pace as recommended, but notwithstanding the same I can't describe how much more alive I feel now and I am…


Posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:39 — 6 Comments

Op done

Hi Everyone,

Had My Aortic Valve replaced yesterday, 16th July, with a MHV. All going well and they had me up and walking this afternoon. Thank you for all the good advice, positive thoughts and kind words. Will post more when I am discharged and at home. For those still waiting, keep up the positive thought it really helps.

And finally welcome back Neil, see you in a few weeks or so!


Posted on July 17, 2012 at 20:24 — 7 Comments

Pre Op

Hi guys, Had my pre-op (xray, blood test, breathing, etc) yesterday and all is ok. Now starting to panic, no choice going forward, Monday is the day. Looking forward to feeling better after the op and letting you know how easy it all is :-). Cheers, Dave

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 16:52 — 6 Comments

Hospital Visit

Went to Southampton General today for a final assessment and discussions as to the options available. The medical staff were great. Armed with the new found wealth of information and advices received my decision has been made, so all things being equal I should be a grateful recipient of a MHV in the near (or not so near) future. That having been said I await a date for the operation and given the back log they have at the hospital it could be as far away as August. In this aspect they were…


Posted on May 10, 2012 at 19:49

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At 12:20 on July 28, 2012, Peter Rodin said…
Good to hear from you. I was in hospital for 5 days. The first 2 in ICU were really tough but have made steady progress since then. Medical staff superb. Hoped that the surgeon was going to be able to use minimally invasive technique but in the end he said he needed to play safe and had to do the full open heart job. Really picked up since getting home on Saturday. My INR has not settled as quickly as yours but getting there (2.3 last time). Walking going well, managing about 15 minutes slowly. Worst moment - getting left in the corridor in the John Radcliffe when taken by a porter for an x-ray as he forgot to tell anyone I was there. Amazingly stressful when you can hardly walk and still really weak. Other than that one off nothing but positives for the care I received.
Take care,
At 17:32 on July 27, 2012, Peter Rodin said…
Hi Dave,
Look s like we had our replacements on the same day. Mine was at the John Radcliffe. Like you I am making good progress. Hope that you continue to improve.
At 15:29 on July 12, 2012, Anne Jones said…

Thanks for the friend invite -certainly ! IF there is any thing with having a heart valve I have probably been there , Quite a journey , grateful for the knowledge of Dr. Albert Starr who was only 28 years old when the first successful implant was done in Sept . 1960.  He is about 86 yr. old and still teaching etc . I may hold the record for living the longest without changing the valve . Mine is a BAll & Cage type (Starr-Edwards).  There not used anymore of course . The young Dr's  line up to listen to mine when I go in to the hospital , I am sure of new improvements , I feel quite lucky . I have a lot of stories , probably could write a book ! 

For Now

Smiles ----AnneJ

At 8:36 on April 2, 2012, Graeme said…

Hi Dave

and welcome to the MHV Forum! Please dont hesitate to use the forums to get in touch with any of the members or upload photos or even videos. All the members will be pleased to answer any questions you might have or to give you advice, as we are all here to answer any questions you might have. I look forward to hearing a little more about your circumstances and seeing you on the forums soon!  





Graeme Archer


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