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What is an INR test?

What is an INR test? If you're a member of the Zipper Club chances are you have had to get your INR checked. If you're new to the Zipper Club or will be becoming a member soon, get ready for these important tests.  When the doctor orders an INR test it means they want...

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Tim’s Zipper Story

This post comes from the VERY well written Tim Nichols. SYMPTOMS "Last autumn I was leaving on a weekend trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate my mom’s 85th birthday. Along the way I couldn’t shake a nagging concern that I was having really really mild chest pains.  I was...

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Caitlyn’s Ticker

Hi everyone! My name is Caitlyn MacKay. I was born in 1990 with Truncus Arteriosus and am now 27 years old. Surgery I underwent my first major open-heart surgery at the age of 3 months old; I live in Columbus Ohio but at the time they were not doing the procedure I...

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The Importance of Listening to Your Body

Today's Zipper story comes from Rosanne, a very well written sixty five year old who we are sure will inspire many readers! Diagnosis The mitral valve prolapse I learned about at age 26 never gave me any problems. A doctor found it during a routine annual exam and...

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Thaddeus’s Success

Hello everyone! My name is Thaddeus. I am a twenty-eight year old correctional officer from Chicopee, Massachusetts. I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot which most of you know is a congenital heart defect (CHD) consisting of four individual defects within the heart....

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A Life Full of Heart

Today’s story comes from Annona who lives in Texas. Annona has been a part of the Zipper Club for almost 50 years!  Hello Zipper Club! My Name is Annona. When I was about 4, I passed out in the back seat of the family car. My mom, sister and I were out looking for a...

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