What Is The Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve?

By Adam Pick on September 1, 2007

There are several choices a patient will make as they prepare for heart valve replacement surgery – the surgeon, the hospital, the procedure, where to recover, etc.

For those patients who chose to have a tissue valve replacement, the question ultimately becomes, “Which tissue valve should I chose?” and “Which manufacturer makes the best valve for me?”

In this blog, I am going to profile a number of the leading valve manufacturers (Edwards, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, On-X, ATS) and their valve replacement products. In my opinion, it really does help to know more about the valve that may accompany you during the rest of your life, right?

Today, I am going to profile the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve.

 

Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve

 

The Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve is a stented tissue valve in which the tissue is attached to a cloth-covered, flexible stent. The Medtronic valve is treated with a solution called T6 tissue treatment. This porcine heart valve is approved for both the aortic valve and mitral valve positions by the Food and Drug Administration.

So you know, the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve has been used for over 20 years and a recent research study showed 100% freedom from structural valve deterioration in patients 65 or age or older.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Tirone David from Canada has commented on this valve. He said, “The durability of the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve has been excellent, particularly in the aortic position.”

I hope that helps you better understand a little bit more about the tissue heart valve replacement known as the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve.

Keep on tickin!
Adam


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam's Newest Blogs

Adam's Newest Posts

“What Happens to Aortic Valve Debris During TAVR?” asks Shripad Learn More.

New MitraClip Research Is A “Game Changer” for Patients! Learn More.

New Community Posts

Rosemary says, "My husband came across this study..."
Read more

David says, "This is Cheryl - again - I hate to be a..."
Read more

Newest Community Post

Rosemary says, "My husband came across this study"
Read more

David says, "This is Cheryl - again - I hate to be a"
Read more

Chris says, "4 days away from my 5 month anniversary"
Read more

Find Heart Valve Surgeons

Search 1,500 patient-recommended surgeons