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How is the decision made between which type of valve a surgeon replaces i.E tissue versus mechanical

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology

In brief: Patient specific

This depends on the age of the patient, willingness to take blood thinners, patient religious preferences (i.
E no pork), etc.

In brief: Patient specific

This depends on the age of the patient, willingness to take blood thinners, patient religious preferences (i.
E no pork), etc.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Daniel Reinharth
Internal Medicine

In brief: Complex

There are a variety of considerations.
Mechanical valves require strict blood-thinning medication to reduce stroke risk, less so for tissue valves. Tissue valves may wear out over years, so may need to be replaced, so may be less desirable for younger patients. There are technical factors, such as the size of the patient's heart valve area, which may require a particular kind of valve.

In brief: Complex

There are a variety of considerations.
Mechanical valves require strict blood-thinning medication to reduce stroke risk, less so for tissue valves. Tissue valves may wear out over years, so may need to be replaced, so may be less desirable for younger patients. There are technical factors, such as the size of the patient's heart valve area, which may require a particular kind of valve.
Dr. Daniel Reinharth
Dr. Daniel Reinharth
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Dr. Joshua Liberman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Depends

The decision is made when taking into account the age of the patient and co-morbidities.
Typcially, patients over the age of 65 are best served with a tissue valve, whereas younger patients would do better with a mechanical. The reason is that this minimizes the chance that the patient will have to have a re-do procedure.

In brief: Depends

The decision is made when taking into account the age of the patient and co-morbidities.
Typcially, patients over the age of 65 are best served with a tissue valve, whereas younger patients would do better with a mechanical. The reason is that this minimizes the chance that the patient will have to have a re-do procedure.
Dr. Joshua Liberman
Dr. Joshua Liberman
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