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Blood clots can form: All artificial surfaces are more likely to cause blood to clot than the natural lining (called endothelium) of blood vessels or the heart. If a clot forms in the heart, a piece may break off + travel to the brain, causing a stroke. To prevent clotting, blood thinners are used with an artificial heart, + there is risk of bleeding. Natural is always better than artificial, if there is a choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Analyse risk/benefit: Artificial heart valves came on the medical scene in 1961. Prior to these life savers, open heart surgeons could repair damaged heart valves. A valve repair might last 1 to 6 years. The question you need answered is... Without a heart valve how will my health be? From that point you can get the risk of implanting and maintaining your new valve. Take a friend/family with you to help decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Warfarin user refused neck surgery too dangerous need warfarin friendly pain management medicine artificial aorotic heart valve?
Second Opinion: This is not an unusual problem. You cam be transitioned to another anti-coagulant with the help of your cardiologist prior to the operation. The surgeon can then do the surgery and you can be placed back on your coumadin (warfarin). Discuss with your cardiologist about recommendations for another surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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