A 35-year-old member asked:
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why are pig heart valves suitable as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Tissue valves: The size of pig and cow valves approximates the size of human valves. They are chemically treated to decrease the likelihood of tissue rejection. The porcine valves are more commonly used than the bovine.
Answered on Mar 31, 2018

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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. Shahin Tavackoli
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Yes: It is absolutely essential to start cardiac rehabilitation post-operatively for any cardiac surgery, and valve replacement is not an exception.
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