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Why do patients have to take anticoagulants when they receive and artificial valve in their heart?
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In brief: Stop clotting
Certain types (often metallic) of heart valves are prone to forming blood clots.
Such clots can shoot out to the lungs or the brain.

In brief: Stop clotting
Certain types (often metallic) of heart valves are prone to forming blood clots.
Such clots can shoot out to the lungs or the brain.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Avoid strokes
Mechanical valves cause some turbulence in the blood flow.
This can cause clots to form and float up to the brain where they become lodged in the smaller vessels and block the blood flow to a portion of the brain resulting in a stroke. A blood thinner helps prevent this from occurring.

In brief: Avoid strokes
Mechanical valves cause some turbulence in the blood flow.
This can cause clots to form and float up to the brain where they become lodged in the smaller vessels and block the blood flow to a portion of the brain resulting in a stroke. A blood thinner helps prevent this from occurring.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
In brief: Blood clot
The layer of cells lining the heart and all blood vessels allows blood to pass without clotting.
A break in the layer from injury recruits platelets and clotting factors to form clot and seal the injury. A mechanical valve will encourage clot by having areas of slow flow and places for clot to stick.

In brief: Blood clot
The layer of cells lining the heart and all blood vessels allows blood to pass without clotting.
A break in the layer from injury recruits platelets and clotting factors to form clot and seal the injury. A mechanical valve will encourage clot by having areas of slow flow and places for clot to stick.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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