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

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Janet Hogger
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  • Horbury, Wakefield
  • United Kingdom
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I had a Mitral Valve Replacement (mechanical) 4 years ago and been getting on with life since. But I had a scare in May this year when I was on a one week holiday in Barcelona and suddenly lost…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martina Dec 23, 2016.

Self dosing
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Would be interested to know if anyone is self dosing their warfarin intake following a self test?I self test with the Coagucheck XS & then ring the Warfarin Helpline/lab clinic for dosing. There…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Hogger Sep 11, 2013.

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This is now the 2nd infection of a root canal filling (5 years old & covered by a crown).  I am currently taking amoxicillin but the infection is not clearing.  My dentist has said that the only…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Graeme Jul 25, 2013.

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4 months post op, Mitral Valve Replacement with St Jude mechanical heart valve

I have spent the last 7 weeks in Cardiac Rehab twice a week.  I found it really beneficial and you can work gently at your own pace.  Our local council offer a discount for their fitness programmes under the exercise prescription scheme.  The Physio at Cardiac Rehab completes the paperwork and I'll get an appointment after Christmas for a session with one of the trainers for my own circuit.  Lots of heart friendly classes to join as well.

I saw my Cardiologist yesterday and had a…


Posted on December 19, 2012 at 9:21 — 4 Comments

10 weeks post op

Had my discharge appointment with the surgical team 8 weeks ago and was put on 1.25mg of Bisoprolol(beta blocker) to reduce my heart rate which was around 100 at rest and higher on activity. I'm now back under the Cardiologist and have an appointment with him in December.

I started Cardiac Rehab which I think is called Phase 3. I have found it very good and get a lot out of it. The main attendees are elderly gentlemen who have had heart attacks/events. I appear to be the only… Continue

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:33 — 3 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…


Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:02 — 2 Comments

Op date for Mitral Valve Surgery

Saw the cardiac surgeon earlier this week at Leeds. I now have my op date - August 28th.  Sooner than I thought.  He will try for repair first but if not a mechanical heart valve seems the better choice.  Find myself in a bit of a spin and trying to get organised.  I think alot of displacement activity is going on! Wondered if anyone had been told that a mitral valve repair would be tried for, but ended up with a mechanical heart valve?

Any practical tips on getting prepared for…


Posted on August 12, 2012 at 8:16 — 14 Comments

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At 10:31 on June 3, 2012, Graeme said…

Hi Janet and welcome to the MHV Forum! Please jump right in and start using the site to post on the forum or even start your own blog and tell us a little about yourself.. And - dont be shy about contacting any of us for support or any questions you might have, we are all here to support you as well as one another! I look forward to seeing you out and about on the site soon!



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