Mike Cashara posted a note for Lisa that says:
Hi Lisa, I'm 60 and am having my Valve Replaced on 11/30 as well. Its sure is a crazy process. I've decided to have a tissue valve so I won't need to be on blood thinners. I know there are advancements in both valves. If my new valve can last at least 15 years the TAVR will be a good option. Who knows what advancements there will at that time as well. I think both valves have their good and bad. I wish you well on your decision and surgery. My wife will not be able to see me until I'm released from the hospital due to COVID-19. Will you be able to have visitations?
Glenda Forshee posted a note for Lisa that says:
Lisa, I am 71 years old. I had a mitral valve replaced in September with a tissue one. The doctor told me that if a problem occurred with the valve, it could be replaced or repaired using a catheter instead of open-heart surgery. Since I didn’t want to take blood thinners, this information from my surgeon convinced me to go with a tissue replacement. Ironically, after surgery, I had problems with A-fib and was placed on eliquis. However, my heart rhythm appears fine now and I will be wearing a heart monitor for a month or two. If I don’t have periods of A-fib during that time, I will quit taking the blood thinner.
Adam Pick posted a note for Lisa that says:
Hey Lisa, Nice to meet you and welcome to HVS!!! I just saw the questions you raised about mechanical valves, warfarin and the ticking noise. I'll post some educational information below that I'm hopeful will answer a few of your very important questions about valve selection. If you need anything else, please let me know!
Civita Fahey posted a note for Lisa that says:
Hi Lisa, for some reason I cant answer on your last journal. I feel great now. I did have some symptoms before surgery, getting winded while walking and short of breath while going up the stairs. Now, I go to boxing class 3x a week and do weight training 2x a week. I do not have an aneurysm per se, my aorta is at 4.1 which they felt for my size its ok. They have been watching it for 3years and its been stable. As far as the greens, I cant answer that as I don't like leafy greens., but I have read that its all about balance in your diet and if you only eat those then, your INR range would have to reflect that. This is definitely the scariest decision we've ever had to make, but, I guess it is what it is.. At least they found the issue and now you can fix it. I feel everything happens for a reason. I'm sure someone with a mechanical valve will answer soon enough and you can ask them questions, but, in the end you will make the best decision for you. civita