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6 days ago · Severe Aortic Stenosis: Air Travel OK? in Heart & Blood Health

Hello,
I'm doing very well. Thanks for asking. I'm back to everything just like normal. My INR requirement for the Onx Valve is 1.5-2.0. I have been under at 1.3 for some months now. I'm at the every week testing interval. If the INR gets above 2.0 I feel cold. That should be OK now as we are getting to the warmer months. So in the winter months I like to run closer to the 1.5 to avoid getting cold. We were in Alaska for 10 days last month and even with my INR low, it was a cold visit for me. Drinking alcohol thins the blood so I had wine every evening and that helps. I was wearing double thermals under my clothing to stay warm! Who does that!!

We are going back to Alaska in August for another 10 days. I will hit the climbing trails that challenged me before my surgery and see if I can actually complete them this time. In June of 2017 when we were there I tried climbing Flat Top Mountain(Look it up) on the outskirts of Anchorage but I was so short of breath I couldn't. I'm sure now it will be an easy task. I wanted to go to Flat Top when we were there in March but is was too cold to mess with that.

Wife got me a membership at the local Seniors center and I do 3 miles on the treadmill every day, Saturday and Sunday too. I have been increasing the speed and incline to make it more challenging. I was doing Push-ups for while as exercise but I was injuring my shoulder and had to lay off those for now.
I cut my self by accident at work yesterday and even this morning the cut was still bleeding. I just glued over the cut and will be careful with it. Have to be real careful when taking thinners.

Let me know if I left anything out.

All the best!

Bruce
Texas

Sun, Mar 17 5:58pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Llouise T,
I hope you are seeing a Cardiologist. Ask the Cardiologist if you should be pre-medicating before going to the dentist. This is usually a large dose of antibotics before they work in your teeth to abate any bacteria from your mouth that may get into your blood stream and causing an infection. I have to do it every time before I go in for a cleaning or any dental work.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

Sun, Mar 17 5:52pm · New Diagnosis - ascending aorta aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

You bounced back quickly and that was a blessing. My last heart surgery was thru the sternum too and it was just 5 days in the hospital and no pain past those 5 days. Just took tylenol. Exercise if you can every day. Do something to stay fit.

I had an aortic aneurysm in 2005 and it was a tough surgery. Opened around the side, not thru the sternum. The doctors that repaired the aneurysm just recently contacted me and advised I need to be regularly screened for more aneurysms. I'm at risk for more. Guess it is a genetic thing. I sent them my scans last month and expect a report back from them in the next week or so. They are a research hospital: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas & Memorial Herman Hospital. Don't miss your checkups.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

Sat, Mar 16 10:00pm · New Diagnosis - ascending aorta aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello Morninglory,
Is your incision around the side of your body following your rib line or at the front thru the sternum. Mine was around the side, and they took out 1 rib.

Bruce
Texas

Dec 11, 2018 · when do i make an appointment at mayo? in Aortic Aneurysms

Amen on the Alcohol thing. A glass of wine every now an then, that's it. Dropping alcohol for me was a big boost in maintaining weight which helps with my meds staying effective. I've never smoked which is good. As heart patients(All of us here), laying off alcohol and smoking is really beneficial. Takes time to change your lifestyle, but do it.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

Dec 9, 2018 · when do i make an appointment at mayo? in Aortic Aneurysms

The continued tests will determine at what rate it is increasing(If it is). Maybe you will be lucky and it is static and not increasing. My aneurysm had formed a seperate bladder by stretching the artery wall and had essentially a chamber full or blood with a very thin wall. It had to be operated on very soon after being discovered. Your situation appears to be different. You probably want to get a second opinion with this "Thing" in your chest. Mayo would be a good place if you are close to one of their locations.

All the best to you.

Bruce
Texas

Dec 4, 2018 · Six Month Post Aortic Heart Valve: All is Great in Heart & Blood Health

Sorry I couldn't participate. Had my INR checkup in Austin at exactly this time! My luck. And no, I was out of range. Too thin this time, 2.3 INR. I have been having some difficulty staying in the 1.5-2.0 INR range. Prior test 2 weeks ago, too thick @ 1.4 INR.

All the best.
Bruce

Nov 9, 2018 · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Good to hear you are home and healing from the surgery. Home in 6 days is real good! It took 3 months for my thinners to get in range. I also take the 5 mg of Warfarin like you, but on 2 days(Sunday & Wednesday) I take 7.5. Keeps me in range. I think it takes time for your body to be used to the thinners being there. It's funny you mentioned hearing your valve when your heart beats. I didn't hear mine until I got home from the hospital. Probably too loud of an environment at the hospital to hear it. Get your heart rate stabilized and do the cardiac rehab. It will help your body fully recover.
We are all rooting for you.

All the best to you!
Bruce
Texas