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

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine

In brief: Prevent blood clots

Since artificial heart valves is a foreign to the body substance they could stimulate formation of blood clots.

In brief: Prevent blood clots

Since artificial heart valves is a foreign to the body substance they could stimulate formation of blood clots.
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