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Why Do People With Artificial Heart Valves Have To Take Blood Thinners
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
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
Analyse risk/benefit: Artificial heart valves came on the medical scene in 1961. Prior to these life savers, open heart surgeons could repair damaged heart valves. A valve repair might last 1 to 6 years. The question you need answered is... Without a heart valve how will my health be? From that point you can get the risk of implanting and maintaining your new valve. Take a friend/family with you to help decide. ...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.
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 am 87 and in extremely good health, take no medications. have 2 leaky heart valves, left side. Heart pounding sound at night. Is Mitra clip for me ?
Have APS. My cardiologist says that it has affected my heart valves, unusual? I am taking 2 - 325 mg ASA now for neuro symptoms. Anything else to take
Libman-Sacks?: This situation is extremely concerning. I'd get a couple of opinions by focused specialists. You are describing antiphospholipid syndrome, correct? I am VERY glad you are being proactive about your health. Stay well-informed -- nobody here can give you a definitive answer beyond wishing you the best. ...Read more
Agents which slow ;/or break down blood clot formation in up to 3 different ways (they do not decrease blood viscosity; thickness.) (1) some inhibit platelet function (e.g. Aspirin, clopidogrel, etc.). (2) others interfere with some of the clot forming proteins (warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, etc.), (3) others stimulate the blood clot destruction ...Read more
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