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Why do people with artificial heart valves have to take blood thinners

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Risk x clots: Artificial valves statistically are more prone to cause clots. Red blood cells crash against their hard surfaces triggering the cascade for clotting... Read More
Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Prevent blood clots: Since artificial heart valves is a foreign to the body substance they could stimulate formation of blood clots.

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Quite safe: In this day in age, several hundred thousand of these procedures have been performed successfully. Three types of valves: animal (porcine or bovine),... Read More
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Analyse risk/benefit: Artificial heart valves came on the medical scene in 1961. Prior to these life savers, open heart surgeons could repair damaged heart valves. A valve ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Artificial heart : They are important as a therapeutic option for patients whose native valves are causing severe trouble. Without the option their outcome can be very p... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Yes, when the valve is leaking too much (severe regurgitation, either mitral valve or aortic valve) you can develop congestive heart failure then the... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Many do: After the primary infection has resolved, the patient may do well. Damage is variable but also can evolve over time. A person may function quite well ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
YES: Ask your CARDIOLOGIST if one of the newer anticoagulants is right for you! Hope this helps! Dr Z
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
Ask your doc: Some valves can cause hemolysis and anemia.
A 87-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Maybe.: At your age treatment should be based upon improving quality of life. If you feel great and have no functional limitations doing surgery to "improve"... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Surgery or Catheter: Traditionally, open heart surgery was the only way to replace heart valves. Techniques have now been developed to repair or replace some heart valves ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Libman-Sacks?: This situation is extremely concerning. I'd get a couple of opinions by focused specialists. You are describing antiphospholipid syndrome, correct? I ... Read More

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