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Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Yes: A heart valve replacement does not require a new heart from a deceased individual, and does not create the need for lifelong immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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How safe are heart valve transplants?

How safe are  heart valve transplants?

Depends: Do you mean replacements? This type of surgery should only be performed at experienced centers. "experienced " surgeons do at least 50 valve surgeries per year. In seasoned hands, relatively safe surgery with a mortality rate <5%. ...Read more

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How long can a person go without a tricuspid heart valve transplant?

How long can a person go without a tricuspid heart valve transplant?

It's complicated: The purpose of the tricuspid valve is to allow forward glow into the right ventricle and not leak. Malfunctioning tricuspid valves are repaired or replaced (not transplanted). If and when this is appropriate depends on things like the function of your heart, presence and degree of heart failure, overall medical condition, and other heart problems. ...Read more

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Can stem cells be applied in heart valve transplant right now?

Can stem cells be applied in heart valve transplant right now?

Presently, no: There is a center in kansas city working on this very thing but it is currently at the animal level of experimentation. This is a great question and someday, if this procedure is perfected to use in humans, it will revolutionize pediatric valve surgery as the valve will grow with the recipient, obviating the need for reoperation. ...Read more

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Can a leaky heart valve heal?

Can a leaky heart valve heal?

Not in adults: Many many children have a "heart mummurs" or so called leaky valves and often they do disappear by adolescent age or earlier. Unfortunately for adults, leaky valves typically results from diseases and they don't go away without treatments. If you have it, check with your doc for regular monitoring. Some type may require antibiotics before dental work etc..Thus should consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to care heart valve diseases?

How to care heart valve diseases?

Too broad: Your question is too broad to answer. Please restate with your actual concern. ...Read more

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Is a sticky heart valve inherited?

Is a sticky heart valve inherited?

Definition: Heart valves function to seal a chamber (closed) so blood can fill. When the chamber contracts the valve opens to allow blood to exit. When the valves do not function properly, we usually refer to a valve leaking or not closing correctly (insufficieny or regurgitation) or not opening correctly (stenotic). So when you describe the vavle being "sticky" can you describe it in these terms? ...Read more

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What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

Depends: The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve , aortic valve , pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves , especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How do heart valve replacements work?

How do heart valve replacements work?

Remove/Replace: The heart is stopped. The patient is placed on bypass which pumps blood and breathes for the patient while the heart and lungs are not being used. The old valve is removed and a new valve is stitched in place. This can be either a "tissue valve" from a pig or cow, or a mechanical valve which is completely artificial. ...Read more

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How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

Depends which valve: Repair most commonly is done on mitral valve, especially when mitral prolapse is present. The excess, "floppy" tissue causing the valve to prolapse is excised to make leaflets more taught. Sometimes an artificial ring is inserted around the base of the leaflets to cinch the whole apparatus together, if it has become dilated, preventing leaflets from closing up against each other. ...Read more

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How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

Multiple ways: The are multiple causes for leaky heart valves. Some of the most common causes are: congenital (born that way), rheumatic disease, deterioration over time, and infection of the valve. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a faulty heart valve?

What are symptoms of a faulty heart valve?

Several: Depending on what valve and the severity, the symptoms could be shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and passing out. Also palpitations might occur. ...Read more

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How is a heart valve successfully replaced?

How is a heart valve successfully replaced?

Two ways: In the past, this is done with open heart surgery and the old valve is cut out and a new one sewn in to replace it. A new technique for the aortic valve involves crushing the old valve by blowing up a balloon and then placing the new valve through an artery in the leg, just as is done with a coronary artery stent. The procedure has been used successfully in high risk patients for surgery. ...Read more

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What forms a heart valve during development?

What forms a heart valve during development?

Complicated: The cardiac cushions in the atrioventricular (av) canal contain cells that are the primordia of the cardiac valves. The atrioventricular valves are attached to papillary muscles by chordae tendineae. ...Read more

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How is a malfunctioning heart valve repaired?

Depends: This is a very open-ended question. Dependent on the valve involved and the malady, the valve may be repaired or replaced. You have to be a bit more specific. ...Read more

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What is a malfunctioning heart valve known as?

What is a malfunctioning heart valve known as?

Stenosis and : Regurgitation, there 4 valves in the heart. For the heart to pump effectively, the valves open to allow the blood to move from one compartment into another in one direction, then they close to prevent the blood from regurgitating back. They open and close synchronously. A valve malfunctions when it does not open well stenotic (tight) or when it does not close well (leaks back) regurgitates. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

Murmur or echo: Leaky heart valve, or regurgitation, can be diagnosed by a doctor on physical examination or by an echocardiogram(ultrasound of the heart). ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a heart valve heal itself?

Please tell me, could a heart valve heal itself?

Unclear: Your question is not clear. If you have valve stenosis, it doesn't resolve by itself. If it is regurgitation secondary to heart failure and or hypertension or from nay other treatable cause it could improve after treating underlying cause. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more