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: