Surgeon Q&A: Are Loud Heart Beats Common After Valve Replacement Surgery?
In this video, Dr. Rawn Salenger discusses a common sensation of loud heartbeat that patients may experience after heart valve surgery following tissue and mechanical valve replacements. While mechanical valve replacements are known to consistently click as they open-and-shut, tissue valve are commonly quieter as the leaflets opening-and-closing within the valve are made from biological materials from pigs, cows and humans. (Video posted on October 24, 2012)
Dr. Rawn Salenger
University of Maryland