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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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Why do people with artificial heart valves have to take blood thinners?

Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Board Certified, Geriatrics
35 years in practice
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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 more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. David Carl Houghton
Board Certified, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Dr. David Carl Houghton
Board Certified, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Way too complex: This question is way to complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discussion needs to be with a live cardiologist and/or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Board Certified, General Surgery
27 years in practice
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How safe are artificial heart valves?

Dr. Tracy Berg
Board Certified, General Surgery
27 years in practice
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How safe are artificial heart valves?

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 more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Why are artificial heart valves important?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Why are artificial heart valves important?

Artificial heart : They are important as a therapeutic option for patients whose native valves are causing severe trouble. Without the option their outcome can be very poor. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
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What does subjective heart mean? My stepfather has had stints for blockages and has a bad heart takes blood thinner,

Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What does subjective heart mean? My stepfather has had stints for blockages and has a bad heart takes blood thinner,

Not sure: Subjective heart doesn't mean anything. It's not a medical term. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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If an person is taking an blood thinner for heart isease, can he take the product "healthy blood flow" from an health store?

Dr. David Cohen
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
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If an person is taking an blood thinner for heart isease, can he take the product "healthy blood flow" from an health store?

See below: It depends on what is in healthy blood flow. Chances are that a nutritional supplement is not needed. Also these products are not regulated by the fda. ...Read more

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Can I take 1 a day multivitamins while on heart and blood thinner medication?

Dr. John Szawaluk
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
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Can I take 1 a day  multivitamins while on heart and blood thinner medication?

Depends: If you are taking coumadin(warfarin) you need to avoid vitamin k. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Cirohsis and heart disease, taking blood thinner for heart...can i get my wisdom tooth (extreme pain)extracted and what precautions do i take?

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Yes: co-ordinate with your doctor and or hematologistwhen your blood thinner is going to be stopped and whether you will need short term anticougulant ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
22 years in practice
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I've had a heart attack and have CHF.I take Effient for a blood thinner. Is it safe to take Ibuprofen for my arthritis along with my heart meds?

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
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I've had a heart attack and have CHF.I take Effient for a blood thinner. Is it safe to take Ibuprofen for my arthritis along with my heart meds?

No: Not recommended for 2 reasons, one significant side effect is fluid retention/ kidney impairment and second is significantly increased risk for bleeding in the presence of blood thinners. ...Read more

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Dr. Marco Paliotta
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Artificial vs tissue aortic valve replacement. Is it worth it to do tissue when it will have to be redone in 10 to 12 years? Effects of blood thinner?

Dr. Marco Paliotta
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Artificial vs tissue aortic valve replacement. Is it worth it to do tissue when it will have to be redone in 10 to 12 years? Effects of blood thinner?

Depends.....: Depends on age, lifestyle and need or not for anticoagulant for other reasons. Coumadin is not without risk, while the risk for re-replacement of a tissue aortic valve is not high. So if you are relatively young (<60), don't need Coumadin or don't want to take it, it would be very reasonable to have a tissue valve with the understanding that you will probably require another replacement. ...Read more

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