I am 8 yrs. post aortic valve replacement. I elected to have a tissue valve. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a fib and put on Xarelto. All of the commercials & pkg. insert say "not for people with artificial heart valves." I called Janssen and talked to several people to clarify "artificial" - does it mean mechanical, tissue or both. I did not get a definitive answer. When I questioned both my cardiologist and the electrophysiologist who performed an ablation about this warning they were not concerned. Does anyone have any insight into whether or not it is safe to remain on these new blood thinners if one has a tissue valve?
Has any one with AVR had trouble getting insurance approval for echocardiograms? I am 5 yrs. post-op and all of a sudden I've been getting denied. I would think just the fact that I have an artificial valve is enough of a reason but apparently because there has been no change in my health, they wouldn't approve. I have BC/BS.