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Aortic Valve Replacement

Survivability of Aortic Valve Replacement

Biological valves (those made of human or animal tissue) are more easily accepted by the body, but have a normal lifespan of only 12 to 15 years, at which time another replacement will be needed. On the other hand, mechanical valves (those made of synthetic materials) usually do not fail, but blood clots can easily form on them, putting the patient at risk for stroke. A lifelong regimen of blood thinners is required following a mechanical valve implant.

Locations for Aortic Valve Replacement