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

Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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What r the best replacement heart valves?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Home come pig hearts valves are used as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Why are pig heart valves suitable as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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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
Board Certified, General Practice
46 years in practice
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What is more major heart bypass operation or heart valve replacement plz?

Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
Board Certified, General Practice
46 years in practice
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What is more major heart bypass operation or heart valve replacement plz?

Probably: heart valve replacement because it is more inside job. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Buckler
Board Certified, Cardiology
14 years in practice
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Approximately how long will a mosaic porcine heart valve in the mitral position last before needing replacement? I am 23 yrs old

Dr. Joshua Buckler
Board Certified, Cardiology
14 years in practice
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Exactly : I agree completely with dr. Binford. Probably less than 10 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Can muslims get pig heart valves?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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Medically yes: From a religious perspective, you should consult your imam. ...Read more

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Dr. David Edelman
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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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?

Dr. David Edelman
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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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?

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
Board Certified, Cardiology
39 years in practice
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Are there any heart valves what are harder to replace than the others? More dangerous,? ? Plz

Dr. Bennett Werner
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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. Arnold Beresh
Board Certified, Podiatry
36 years in practice
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Can someone exercise with a replacement heart valve?

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Yes: But consult your cardiologist.

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