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Medical Breakthrough - The Future for AD Repair maybe?

Hi All,I heard about this a few mornings ago on an early morning show on Radio 5. I know there had been developments in this new area of Medicine, but more around organ replacement. The article below…Continue

Started Jun 20, 2012

Quick Reference - BP Medication

HI,Here is a table outlining the most common BP medications, what they do & any side effects. Hope you find it useful.RgdsHarryalso downloadable here -…Continue

Started Jan 20, 2012

Bringing Down High Blood pressure Guide - Enclosed

Hi All,The main risk to us all is elevated / high Blood Pressure.I found this very useful guide for mananaging BP, if nothing else its informative & may help you. Please download the file from…Continue

Started Jan 19, 2012

New Year Resolutions anyone?
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HI,thought we should have some light heartedness for a change. Any New Years resolutions people want to share?Mine was “New Year New Me”Maybe run a marathon or two, swim the channel & eat and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harry Jan 12, 2012.

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Rear Left Should Pain

Hi all,

Some of you may be aware I had a Dacron fitted last August. Since then I have been recovering well & have returned to work, all be it on a part time basis.

My left rear shoulder is still causing me issues. I know the tissues probably haven’t had enough time to heal with possible nerve damage so I get a throbbing pain below the shoulder blade. This is mainly after doing something or on my walks. The Physiotherapist says the muscle is wasted & I have tried…


Posted on June 13, 2012 at 19:07 — 5 Comments

Healing times & suggestions?

Hi All

After my first opp, repair of the descending arch & valve, it took a good 8/9 months to start to feel normal again.

This time around I had a Dacron implant from the rear of the left shoulder.The healing is going well after seven months, but it’s not back to normal yet. I still feel pain along the scar & general tissue / muscle ache, especially after exercise,  & wondered generally how long it’s taken you.

Are there any herbal remedies or exercises you…


Posted on March 26, 2012 at 20:35 — 3 Comments

6 Month All clear

HI All,

Glad to say I had my 6 month post operative review last week & have been give then all clear, now requiring only annual check ups again.

It’s been a very tough but I can get my life back on track & go back to work in April. More pleaseing I have seen the stress levels lifting from my family, especially my wife since the news.

Each day is still a challenge & never the same, but each day I count my blessings & am thankful to be…


Posted on March 5, 2012 at 18:51 — 6 Comments

Tens Machine anyone?

HI All,


I have been thinking about using a Tens Machine to help control some of the shoulder & back pain I get. I know it’s not advisable for heart patience but I have had the OK from my surgeon & was wondering if anyone else uses or has tried one?

Your thoughts/comments appreciated.




Posted on October 16, 2011 at 14:41 — 7 Comments

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At 13:13 on August 18, 2011, Cheryl Kerber said…

I saw you were online last night when I was on which let me know you were there.  I totally understand the lack of focus (5 weeks out it's getting better) and then pain, well, it gets better, but it just changes and gets me psychologically more now beyond just the surgery pain.

I'm hoping that you are able to walk (I know it's hard at first) but I think that is why I ended up with blood clots from having to lay flat for 3 days due to the lumbar drain and all the platelets they pumped into me due to how much blood they needed to transfuse --- I think my body could only handle so much.

Do please post as I'd like to hear more about what they repaired for you - how the future prognosis is and such.  They are still having me see specialists to figure out why this happened as the obvious reasons aren't there - like Marfans, smoking, and they always ask if I have had Syphilis (spelling of I'm not sure).  They can't even say it was my 4 pregnancies.  Oh well - right?  I'm just glad to be here and on this end of the surgery (I'm saying that as I'm 2 hours into my pain pills).  I was hoping to cut back on them, but my body is just not ready and I would rather listen to my body than go crazy in my head.

Take care Harry and I'm so glad you are here!!!!


At 3:54 on March 31, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…
Welcome Harry, happy to have you with us. Feel free to ask any questions you like or join any existed conversation!

At 20:19 on March 30, 2011, Graeme said…

Hi Harry


and welcome to the AD forum! Don't be afraid to ask any questions or make any comments...we are all here to help one another - and you!




Graeme Archer




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