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Old 11-21-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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A Question on Aortic Valve Replacement

I am a 51 year old woman with congenital aortic stenosis who must now undergo a valve replacement. I am looking at either a mechanical valve, pigs valve, or the Ross procedure as alternatives. I have had this condition since I was born. My local cardiologist is recommending a mechanical valve replacement, due to the fact that risk factors seem to be the lowest; however, the aspect of taking coumadin for the rest of my life gives me pause on this. I've read a fair amount about the Ross Procedure and it interests me greatly. I would like to hear from anyone who has something to add.

Wishing you thanks in advance.

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Old 11-21-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
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Re: A Question on Aortic Valve Replacement

My Mother had an Aortic Valve Replacement with a pig valve in 2000. That was four years ago. The valve apparently works fine. I have recently heard that the pig valve does not last as long as the mechanical. Mother also just recently had to have a pacemaker and was put on coumadin. Cumadin is hard to get adjusted to the correct dose but we are getting there. I don't like the idea of the pig valve wearing out in 5 to 7 yrs., afterall Mother may not be through with it.......

Old 11-26-2004, 05:15 PM   #3
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Re: A Question on Aortic Valve Replacement

I had aortic valve replacement at age 55 due to aortic stenosis. I followed the recommendation of my cartologist... I have the St Jude mechanical valve. Its been 13 years and according to a recent echo the valve is working like new. Had they used a pig valve it would have already had to been replaced. I didn't think they used pig valves in people with life expectancy over ten years.
Yes, coumadin is required but that is no big deal. Just use a little common sense about eating a fairly consistent diet as far as food that contains vitamin K. You see vitamin K acts against coumadin. I have a blood test (INR) once a month and usually never requires a dosage change.
Good luck with your surgery.

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