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Vegetative Growth On Artificial Heart Valve
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
See below: The structure of the current st jude valve, the most commonly used valve, is made of graphite with a prolytic carbon coating. There is a sewing cuff which is a ring around the valve shich is made of synthetic fiber like polyester, or teflon, or dacron. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an artificial heart valve and was wondering if there is an alternative to warfarin out there?
YES: Ask your CARDIOLOGIST if one of the newer anticoagulants is right for you! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
What is causing me to be so tired all the time. I am 49 years old, have an artificial heart valve, and thyroid tested normal range.?
What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?
Endocarditis: Or infection of the heart valve.Get a more detailed answer ›
Quite safe: In this day in age, several hundred thousand of these procedures have been performed successfully. Three types of valves: animal (porcine or bovine), bioprosthetic, mechanical. The latter requires long term blood thinners and blood test have to be performed periodically to ensure the blood is thinned enough. The latter tends to have a longer life, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk x clots: Artificial valves statistically are more prone to cause clots. Red blood cells crash against their hard surfaces triggering the cascade for clotting. This does not occur with bio prosthetic valves made of animals like pigs, or cadaver duramadre (meningeal layer). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Warfarin user refused neck surgery too dangerous need warfarin friendly pain management medicine artificial aorotic heart valve?
Second Opinion: This is not an unusual problem. You cam be transitioned to another anti-coagulant with the help of your cardiologist prior to the operation. The surgeon can then do the surgery and you can be placed back on your coumadin (warfarin). Discuss with your cardiologist about recommendations for another surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: There are many different types of heart valve problems, but most are acquired and not necessarily genetic. ...Read more
Yes: But consult your cardiologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Need more info: Depends on which valve, what pressures and blood flows are like on each side of the valve and throughout the heart and lungs, what your grandma's activity level and symptoms are like, and how healthy she is for her age. Her cardiologist (heart doctor) should be able to give a detailed explanation of the pros & cons of all options in her particular situation, so you can all decide together. ...Read more
Devil in the details: Depends entirely on which valve and how much leaking. Some leaking of the tricuspid and pulmonic valve is 100% normal. Mild leakage of the mitral valve is technically "abnormal" but nearly universal and harmless. Mild leakage of the aortic valve is abnormal but well tolerated. Severe leakage should be followed by your heart doc and treated if certain criteria are met. ...Read more
Various: There are 4 valves in the heart which keep the blood moving in one direction. These valves can either leak or become narrowed. This may be the result of a valve which is structurally abnormal at birth or a valve which is damaged from infection, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or other illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple causes.: Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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