Heart Valve Replacement Blog - Page 8

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Nancy Considers Risks Of Coumadin Therapy

By Adam Pick on June 18, 2008

For most patients, the process of selecting a replacement heart valve can be tricky. These days, there are several options to consider. Plus, we can be influenced and (quite frankly) confused by friends, family members, nurses, cardiologists and surgeons who maintain their own opinions about tissue valves and mechanical valves.

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After Heart Valve Replacement Surgery, Patient Opens 30-Year Dream

By Adam Pick on June 18, 2008

If there is one thing I see in heart surgery patients, it is their renewed vigor for life.

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First Mechanical Heart Valve Keeps Tickin’ 38 Years Later

By Adam Pick on May 30, 2008

As I wrote earlier about the first mechanical heart valves, doctors could do little to help people with failing heart valves until 1960, when Portland heart surgeon Dr. Albert Starr and engineer Lowell Edwards introduced their mechanical heart valve. Here is a picture of a replica of the first ball-in-cage heart valve replacement that was given to me by Edwards Lifesciences.

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Stents In Tissue Heart Valve Replacements?

By Adam Pick on May 22, 2008

Ever wonder why a stent is used in many forms of biological heart valve replacements?

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G.I. Bill’s Heart Valve Replacement Selection – Three Weeks And Counting

By Adam Pick on April 19, 2008

Selecting the right heart valve replacement is not and should not be easy to do. There are many factors that need to be considered including your age, your lifestyle, your overall health, your like / dislike of ongoing drug monitoring.

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Sheep Heart Valve Replacement Created In Lab?

By Adam Pick on April 19, 2008

As we have already discussed, there is much interest in stem cells and heart valve replacements these days. Here’s an interesting report about heart valve tissue generation in sheep.

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Pig Heart Valve Replacement Longevity – How Long Do They Last?

By Adam Pick on March 24, 2008

As a follow-up to my post about pig valve transplants, I received a specific question, “Do you know exactly how long a pig valve might last in the human heart?”

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Pig Valve Transplants For Patients Needing Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

By Adam Pick on March 24, 2008

I just received a question that reads, “Adam, can you tell me more about pig valve transplants? My surgeon thinks that is the best valve choice for me.”

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Heart Valve Replacement Surgery – How Successful Is It?

By Adam Pick on March 10, 2008

I just received a great question via email. In fact, this particular question brought back memories to when I was first diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and told that I needed heart valve replacement surgery.

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