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Why do people with artificial heart valves have to take blood thinners?

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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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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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

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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How safe are artificial heart valves?

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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Why are artificial heart valves important?

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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If an person is taking an blood thinner for heart isease, can he take the product "healthy blood flow" from an health store?

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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Cirohsis and heart disease, taking blood thinner for heart...can i get my wisdom tooth (extreme pain)extracted and what precautions do i take?

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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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?

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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Blood Thinners (Definition)

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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