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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?
No: it should not affect heart valveGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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?
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
After a heart valve replacement doctor has put me on a betablocker should I take it after latest news says they now have no effect on heart mortality?
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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