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Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Heart valve replacement surgery replaces diseased heart valves. There are four valves in the heart, the aortic valve, the mitral valve, the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valve. Blood that flows through the heart must flow through different chambers. When the heart pumps blood, these valves open to let blood through and close to prevent back-flow. Three kinds of heart valve replacement procedures are performed.

  • Mechanical valves made of man made materials such as ceramic or steel. These valves last the longest, but patients will have to take blood thinning medication such as aspirin for the rest of their lives.
  • Biological valves will last for 12-15 years. These are made of animal or human tissue. Here, patients don't have to take any blood thinning medication.
  • In some cases, the patient's own pulmonary valve may be used to replace the aortic valve. The pulmonary valve is then replaced with an artificial valve. It is an option for those who don't want to take blood thinners.


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                          Featured Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Providers Abroad


                          Hospital Punta Pacifica

                          Panama City, Panama


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Spanish

                          Hospital Punta Pacifica is the first in Latin America and the Caribbean to be affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Doctors and surgeons are leaders in their respective specialties, th...

                          Canadian Specialist Hospital

                          Dubai, United Arab Emirates


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Arabic

                          The Canadian Specialist Hospital (CSH) is the brainchild of its Chairman, Mr. Mohammad Rashid Al Falasi. His vision is to establish a World Class medical facility that will cater to the tertiary healt...

                          E-Da Hospital

                          Kaohsiung, Taiwan


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Chinese

                          E-Da Hospital is comparable to a five star hotel: there are masters' sculptures, paintings, the lingering sound of the piano, and the water show of Life Fountain at the entrance. Walking into E-Da Hos...
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