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Are artificial valves better than animal valves for replacement operations?

Are artificial valves better than animal valves for replacement operations?

Depends: Not a straightforward answer since it would depend on the valve needing replacement, the degree of injury, and type of valve to be used. Often mechanical valves need longer and more intense anti-coagulation to keep them going. Best to discuss options with the cardiac surgery team contemplating the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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


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How safe is it to use animal valves for replacement surgery?

How safe is it to use animal valves for replacement surgery?

Safe & FDA approved: It is a safe treatment option. Your surgeon can discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option. ...Read more

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How does valve replacement surgery work?

How does valve replacement surgery work?

Valve replacement: When the native valve needs to be replaced. A heart surgical team excises the native diseased valve and replaces it with a mechanical or tissue artificial valve. This is sewn into place. The patient generally will be on anticoagulation if a mechanical valve is implanted. The patient goes through cardiac rehabilitation after surgical recovery to regain physical function. ...Read more

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Need valve replacement surgery soon. What are risks?

Need valve replacement surgery soon. What are risks?

Valve replacement: The risks for valve replacement surgery are similar to but slightly higher than for bypass surgery. Usually before surgery you will have a heart catheterization to evaluate for any coronary disease. After that your surgeon can discuss with you the risks on the basis of which valve needs replacement, any vascular disease and how well your heart pumps. ...Read more

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How long is recovery for a valve replacement surgery?

That depends.: As in most patients healing time is variable. Most people are out of the hospital within a week and have a 4-6 week period of recovery before they can start to resume normal activity. Heavy duty stuff like working out in a gym may take 5-6 months. ...Read more

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Can you have an lvad put in instead of a valve replacement surgery?

Can you have an lvad put in instead of a valve replacement surgery?

Variable: Each are used for different diseases. It is preferable to repair a faulty heart valve if that is the sole problem with the heart function. ...Read more

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What are the factors that a doctor uses to determine the risk a patient faces having valve replacement surgery?

Many things: The risk depends on how severe the valve disease and wht the patient's other risk factors are. Age and the presence of other diseases would need to be evaluated to determine the total risk. Things like kidney disease, lung disease, smoking, other vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension would all increase the total risk to the patient. ...Read more

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What does mvp mean for future valve replacement surgery?

Replacement of mitra: This is a common finding in tall, thin younger females and is often not symptomatic. Many never require surgery. If required, many surgeons are extremely adept. ...Read more