... mechanical valves and their degree of success with coumadin? What age were you when surgery was done? I've had my mechanical valve since July 2005 when I was 33. Thanks for your input
23 May 2010
Research shows that,
more than 60,000 valve replacements are performed annually in the United States. Mechanical valves are very durable, most lasting at least 20 to 30 years, with rare exceptions. Coumadin would be used to prevent blood clots from forming and this, also works very well. Just make sure that you follow instructions for checking INR Levels "Blood thickness test" when told.
1 Aug 2012
I have had my Heart Valve (Aortic) for 13 years at 57 with no hospital history.
Coumadin has been an easy to control thing for me, even with my massive nutricutical and vitamin program. Challenges come with any operative or even dental procedures. For me it is my defibrillator batteries. Developing a way of eating large greens on certain days helps with the stability, also keeping an emergency kit on me in case I forget to take my morning dose.
18 Dec 2013
My Aortic valve was replaced in 2000. My defibrillator has never gone off and I am living a fairly normal life teaching school even after retirement. I am on coumadin being checked every 4 weeks. My last INR was 3.1. My biggest advice is take a good quantity of Calcium.
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