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Old 05-29-2010, 09:11 AM   #1
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porcine v.s. mechanical valve

Hi. I am 40 yrs. old and will be having surgery to replace my mitral valve in July. I need to decide which type of valve to go with and am hoping there are people here can offer advice. I have tye II diabetes also (7.2% ALC). Other than this and my heart condition I think I am in good health. Thanks in advane for any responses/guidance.

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Old 06-02-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Re: porcine v.s. mechanical valve

What does your cardiologist recommend and what does your endocrinologist recommend? My teenage son will be facing the valve-type dilemma in the near future and he is very anti-coumadin, so does not want the mechanical valve. Says he'd rather have repeat surgeries. When the time comes that he does have to make a decision, I will take him to multiple doctors for their professional opinions. I hear there is an anticoagulant medication on the horizon that this supposed to be better and safer than coumadin - which would tip the scales even more in favor of the mechanical valve.

Good luck with your decisions & surgery ...and please be sure to get multiple opinions. You're worth it.

Old 06-03-2010, 03:42 AM   #3
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Re: porcine v.s. mechanical valve

Thanks, Lilacs. Unfortunately my doctors (both the cardiologist and surgeon) are leaving this decision totally up to me. They both say that either is fine. The only draw back they cited at first for the mechanical valve is that blood levels need to be checked frequently due to the cumadin, making this choice a little more inconvenient. Last visit, the cardiologist also mentioned that risk of infections is more prevalent with the mechanical valve. I've also been told that blood thinners may be needed for the first few (up to 3) months with the biological valve, but I think this is what I am leaning towards. I figure by the time I will need to have this replaced, I will still be young enough to withstand another surgery and technologic advances continue to be made so that the surgery may be a lot less invasive in another 10-15 yrs. Best of luck to your son. He is in good hands.

Old 06-03-2010, 04:43 PM   #4
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Re: porcine v.s. mechanical valve

my father had that option to replace his aortic valve with either pig or mechanical.. that was in 1989 when he was 43 ..he chose mechanical and its still going strong and hes 64... its a personal decision but my dad opted for the mechanical in case the pig valve had to be replaced in the future,,its a personal decision really..of course my dad has been on coumadin ever since... hope this helps some and he hasnt had any infection around it

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