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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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 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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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Way too complex: This question is way to complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discussion needs to be with a live cardiologist and/or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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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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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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What can I do to buld up my iron levels as my heart valve is chewing up to many red blood cells?

What can I do to buld up my iron levels as my heart valve is chewing up to many red blood cells?

Iron rich foods: You can take iron tablets, which are available otc, and that will help to some degree. Foods rich in the most readily usable form come from animals that also produce hemoglobin. So meats like beef, liver, chicken and fish are rich in iron. The most iron rich vegetable is spinach. ...Read more

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My husband had a aorta heart valve put in n it's on warfarin but now he started taking Viagra (sildenafil) , it's this ok?

My husband had a aorta heart valve put in n it's on warfarin but now he started taking Viagra (sildenafil) , it's this ok?

Heart valve: That is a question for his prescribing doctor. It should be okay as long as he is not on a nitrate. Do voice any concerns you have with his doctor. ...Read more

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Im on warfarin for a mechanical heart valve and i too my blood pressure and my heart pulse is low 52 is this an emergency room matter right now ?

Im on warfarin for a mechanical heart valve and i too my blood pressure and my heart pulse is low 52 is this an emergency room matter right now ?

Depends: Would like to know what the blood pressure is and especially if you have any symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, weakness, passing out etc. warfarin in should not cause blood pressure or heart rate to be low but you do need to check your inr which measures how thick or thin your blood is. This is done with a simple fingerstick blood draw in our office. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more