A 44-year-old member asked:
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home come pig hearts valves are used as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Tissue valves: We use beef, pig and human aortic valves as replacements in humans. Those three most closely simulate the size of the human valves.
Answered on Apr 3, 2015

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Not really: Both offer the advantage of not requiring "blood thinning" on a long term basis. Unlike a "mechanical" valve, cow and pig don't last longer than 7-12 ... Read More
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Dr. Rick Koch
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It is a low pressure: Valve so it could last a long time but this is highly variable. Most younger people get mechanical valves as they can last a lifetime.
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Dr. Raghuraman Vidhun
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Yes: Yes. They have to stop the heart, cut out the old valve and stitch in a new valve.
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