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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

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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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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

Have an Echocardiogram done
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Have MD explain to you Mitral Regurgitation
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If <60% EF or ESD >40mm further discussions will be needed
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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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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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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Get a pedometer and walk at least 10,000 steps daily
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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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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more

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