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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
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
When heart valves are slightly affected during rheumatic fever, can it still pump enough blood and nutrients around the body?
Many do: After the primary infection has resolved, the patient may do well. Damage is variable but also can evolve over time. A person may function quite well for years but end up needing a valve or valves replaced at some point in the future. Regular follow up with a heart specialist should be expected. ...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
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
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.
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 ?
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