... 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
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.
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.
I have had mine since Jun 1997, now 80 yrs of age, sounds loud when ear is on pillow. Oxygen 98. Lady friend hears when her head is on my shoulder. No problem, only some young techs who just started tracking Coumadin patients, need to listen to patient sometimes. Just me and we are all different I believe. St.Jude valve,
I just joined this group the other day . I had my st jude mechanical aortic valve put in on 6/1992 and have been on coumadin since , the secret to coumadin is watching all that goes in your mouth . I find if i eat a 8 oz salad on Monday then to keep my levels where need to be with no issues with my INR then I need to eat that 8 oz salad every monday. I also watch every over the counter medication I look at taking . And sadly I read all my processed food to make sure will not give me any issues. It is overwhelming at times but alternative for me is that I would not be here without coumadin and my heart valve. I am currently 45 yrs old and still going.
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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