Just keep thinning

This is my third night after being admitted for non-obstructive prosthetic valve thrombosis. It has been emotional and frankly pretty scary. Each day I wait as my INR is being raised. While that is happening, heparin, a different anticoagulant is constantly dripping intravenously.

I’m looking forward to my INR raising soon, and keeping it above 3.0 consistently.

The next step, is hoping that the clot is naturally absorbed by the bloodstream. I’m not sure whether or not my Doctor will be checking via echocardiogram for the presence of these clots in the near future. I’ll be asking that question tomorrow.

If you are reading this, and also find yourself in a similar situation, or you’re concerned about it because you also have a prosthetic valve, I found the following study to be very informative:


narcopiggy says, “make blood thin!”

4 thoughts on “Just keep thinning

  1. rkboutique

    I’ve been following your blog off and on, since our son had his valve replace a year and half ago. It’s been inspirational and helpful to know he’s not alone in having this condition so young. He got a tissue valve so he could be a normal college guy. He is now only 20 yrs. old and after doctoring the past 2 months , knowing something wasn’t quite right, he had a massive stroke last Tues. blood cultures don’t grow any bacteria, etc. but they do see a mass on his valve, which was not there 2 weeks before on the same test! His left side is paralyzed. His brain needs to heal, but will have a mechanical valve inserted probably next week. So praying he doesn’t get another stroke! Hope your health continues to improve also!

  2. Rob

    I’m wondering how common thrombosis (blood clot) is with a prosthetic valve. My doctor told me it is very uncommon. Even when my INR went down to 1.5 for more than a week he said it was still a very unlikely event. However, you just had a thombolytic event and everyone who is commenting seems to have had a problem. I thought a bleeding risk was more of a risk. I’m getting a bit alarmed. Are you aware of any study of how common this is?


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