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Another Name For Bicuspid Valve
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
Shunts: Can also be arterio venous fistulas that have occurred naturally due to disease or trauma or surgeon made for vascular access for dyalysis. There are other types of shunts and fistulas. Need more specifics to help any further with an answer. ...Read more
Valve replacement: The surgery replaces the valve with either a mechanical or animal tissue valve. This is done on a heart lung machine. The valve takes the place of the damaged valve and the patient lives their life with a new disease 'artificial valve' with its own set of problems. The obstruction or valve leak of the diseased valve is corrected by the artificial valve. Sometimes blood thinners are needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any difference between a bicuspid aorticvalve replacement and mitral valve replacement surgery?
Yes: The aortic valve and the mitral valve are two completely different valves. Whereas bicuspid aortic valve surgery usually requires replacement, the preferred approach to mitral valve surgery, unless for severe stenosis or severe mitral regurgitation in a minority of instances, is mitral valve repair. A very experienced opinion is often required. ...Read more
Valve Replacement: If you have a bicuspid aortic valve (normally there are 3 leaflets, but in this case 2 are fused together from birth) the valve often develops either leakiness/ regurgitation or stiffness / stenosis. The treatment is open heart surgery with valve replacement. This could be either a tissue valve or a mechanical valve. Check with your doctor for advice. ...Read more
Depends: The type of valve chosen depends on many factors ; age, other medical problems the type of valve disease, regurgitation/stenosis or some combination as well as pt preference. Pt . Preference is important when it come to anticoagulation long term after valve surgery with a mechanical valve. If anticoagulation is not feasible or the pt does not want it then a bovine or tissue valve is the way togo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tof corrected 20 years back, now pulmonary valve to be replaced with bovine valve. Is there any other option. Which is the best valve option.
Talk to your doctor: This is the role your doctor should be taking- talk to you about the pros and cons on different options. If you don't trust his judgment, then you need to get a second opinion. For example, if you were a muslim, then a pork valve would not be an option for you regardless how good it may be. ...Read more
Can be: At times, because a bicuspid aortic valve is associated with either aortic insufficiency, aortic stenosis, chest pain and shortness of breath. This patient should avoid strenuous exercise. Usually will lead to aortic valve replacement by the age of 45-60. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 years(with a few exceptions). Otherwise, the outcomes in both valves are generally the same and for all intents and purposes, either one is a reasonable choice in a patient who does not desire blood thinning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the current medical opinion about taking antibiotics before dental cleanings for someone with mild mvp (mitral valve prolapse)?
AHA recommendations: According to the latest american heart association recommendations, antibiotic prophylaxis is no longer considered necessary for mvp. However, your own dentist and cardiologist are responsible for your care and should be consulted as they know your complete medical and dental history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is best method for replacing aortic valve damaged due to rheumatic heart disease for 51 year old man?mechanical biological or auto or homograft?
Longevity: Repair is the best option but may not be feasible. The tissue valve options are attractive because of minimal anti coagulation but at 51 you would have to plan on at least one reoperation in the future. Mechanical should last a lifetime but will require anti coagulation that may inhibit some of your activities. Discuss in depth with surgeon and cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Four heart valves: All 4 of your heart valves have three cusps. If you have a heart valve with 2 cusps that is a common congenital anomaly. A bicusp heart valve does not perform as well as a regular three cusp valve over a lifetime. Occasionally the bicusp valve will need repair or replace. The four valves are named; pulmonary, aortic, tricuspid and mitral. Be well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is Valvular Mitral Repair included
in the new updated CHADS2 Score.Also is
Vascular Disease the same thing?
No. And No.: CHADS2 (& related CHA2DS2-VASc2) scores don't take into account mitral valve repair in calculating the stroke risk. The effects are unquantified (how much does stroke risk reduce if the chamber / atrium size remains the same?). Vascular disease refers to plaque build-up & hardening of the arteries, isn't the same as a leaky or tight heart valve. Talk to your cardiologist to get YOUR risk appraisal ...Read more
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