Features August 2018 Issue

Should Your Replacement Valve Be Made of Tissue or Metal?

Mechanical Valve: The On-X Prosthetic Heart Valve is coated with carbon to deter blood clot formation.

Should Your Replacement Valve Be Made of Tissue or Metal?

Here’s what you need to know about both options.

“Porcine valves typically fail suddenly and unpredictably by tearing. If this were to happen in the aortic position, the patient would require emergency surgery. That’s why we use porcine valves in the mitral position. If a mitral valve fails, we can lower the patient’s blood pressure or use a balloon pump to hold the patient until the valve can be replaced,” heexplains.

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