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Aortic valve replacement and on warfarin for life

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Commented on Aortic valve replacement and on warfarin for life over 1 year ago

I have not had side effects, and over the 26 years on warfarin I have had the odd tooth extraction, four operations under general anesthetic an d I am still reasonably well for my age. I have arthritis but who hasn't at 86 years of age. I manage to keep my INR between the guidelines for my aortic mechanical valve, by eating a varied diet and not over eating the vegetables containing a lot of vitamin K. I have always taken care of myself, and am self testing with the hospital back up. My monitor coagucheck XS works very well and differs only by 0.1 to the blood clinic results and it is checked six monthly to ensure that all is well. Hope this helps in some way. No side effects as a result of taking wafarin for 26 years.

Commented on Aortic valve replacement and on warfarin for life over 1 year ago

I had my 86th birthday yesterday, and recently I have had to test my INR three daily, just to keep it within the theraputic range for my aortic valve, as being on antibiotics for a chest infection does interfere with the work of the warfarin. During the time I have had the aortic valve I have had dental treatment, but even now I still have my very own teeth, which I have cared for every six months. It is very important to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. About six years ago I had to have the sternal wires removed, they were causing problems, that was more painful than the heart surgery, they had to be removed because they had become unstable. I was advised at the beginning to keep an eye on my diet, and not take any kind of vitamins etc that one can buy from the health food shops. My life has not been altered in any way I still enjoyed my life and my hobbies etc, even more so after my life was saved, I was told at the time I only had weeks to live if the surgeon had not operated when he did. I am glad that you are well and thank you for reading about my life. Margaret


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