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Scuba Diving


  I have had a Bentel's procedure performed on me, so I have a St Jude aortic valve and a dacron ascending aorta.  I take warfrin daily.  Is it safe for me to scuba dive?
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Dear Tom, thank you for your question which I must admit, is a tough one to answer.  I'm not sure what the risk of a laceration or an injury that could result in bleeding is with scuba diving.  That would be the first concern since you are taking coumadin and you wouldn't want to put yourself at risk for a catastrophic hemorrhage from an injury.  Second, the hemodynamic effects of scuba diving (especially at depths > 50 ft.) on your aortic valve and aortic replacement are hard to calculate.  It may indeed be safe for you to scuba dive, but you need to speak to your own cardiologist about this question. I cannot give you the "green light" to scuba dive in this forum.  Good luck!
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