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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Is there a major difference between cow and pig heart valves for replacement?

Is there a major difference between cow and pig heart valves for replacement?

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 more

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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


Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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What r the best replacement heart valves?

What r the best replacement heart valves?

Heart valves: Heart valves need to be chosen for the individual patient. Different valves have their pluses and minuses and different valves 'fit' different people. Often the valve has to be chosen in the operating room to be as it were fitted to the patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Home come pig hearts valves are used as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Home come pig hearts valves are used as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Tissue valves: We use beef, pig and human aortic valves as replacements in humans. Those three most closely simulate the size of the human valves. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Why are pig heart valves suitable as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Why are pig heart valves suitable as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Tissue valves: The size of pig and cow valves approximates the size of human valves. They are chemically treated to decrease the likelihood of tissue rejection. The porcine valves are more commonly used than the bovine. ...Read more

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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Dr. Joshua Buckler
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Can muslims get pig heart valves?

Medically yes: From a religious perspective, you should consult your imam. ...Read more

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Dr. David Edelman
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Why is it that the human body does not reject bovine or pig heart valves. Can cells from different animals survive in humans?

Why is it that the human body does not reject bovine or pig heart valves.  Can cells from different animals survive in humans?

Medical technology: The valves are derived from pig or bovine but are treated in a laboratory to remove the antigens that would cause a reaction against them in a human body. Medical technology is amazing! ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Are there any heart valves what are harder to replace than the others? More dangerous,? ? Plz

Are there any heart valves what are harder to replace than the others? More dangerous,? ? Plz

Mitral valve: Outcomes with mitral valve replacement are not quite as good as aortic valve replacement but, in many cases, the mitral valve can be repaired which is always preferable to replacement and has excellent outcomes if it's an option. The tricuspid and pulmonic valves are lower risk and less frequently needed operations. ...Read more

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
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Can someone exercise with a replacement heart valve?

Can someone exercise with a replacement heart valve?

Yes: It is absolutely essential to start cardiac rehabilitation post-operatively for any cardiac surgery, and valve replacement is not an exception. ...Read more

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