Here are some of the most frequent questions that our patients usually ask. We hope that this section will be useful to you and that you will find what you are looking for.
All the information you find here is not a substitute for the opinions of experienced health care specialists and medical professionals.
1) Can a tissue or a prosthetic mechanical heart valve be fixed if it wears out?
Mechanical valves can last more than 100 years and they are never explanted. On the other hand, bio-prosthetic valves tend to wear out and if that happens, they must be removed and replaced.
2) What is the life expectancy of a patient with a tissue vs. a mechanical valve?
All patients that need a heart valve implant must continue the appropriate medical care after the procedure in order to make the implant last as long as possible. If properly taken care of, the valve will not fail. However, a tissue valve will eventually suffer tissue change that comes with the passing of time which may cause it to fail. The good thing is this can be managed accordingly.
3) How to take care of the valve properly?
If you maintain the appropriate medical care after the implantation, the valve will be fine and it will actually enhance your overall well-being.
4) Can patients with implants still perform sporting activities?
Some activities are even recommendable. However, the best thing to do is follow the suggestions given by your doctor.
5) Are there any allergy reactions to the valve materials?
Highly unlikely. There are some certain materials that most patients are allergic too and if you suspect that you might be one of these patients, you should discuss it with your surgeon.
6) Any recommended heart valve replacement options?
There are two options. Patients can make up their minds whether they will choose a tissue or a mechanical valve.
7) Tissue valve – the advantages and disadvantages
Tissue heart valve resembles the real heart valve in both function and form and was designed to significantly improve the patient’s quality of life. The greatest disadvantage is its durability. They can calcify and wear out which can result in irregularities in the way it functions. Most of the time, this results in the valve replacement.
8) The advantages of mechanical valve
Obviously, the biggest advantage would be the durability as well as performance. The whole process of implantation is a bit easier than with a tissue valve because a mechanical valve performs like a stentless valve and makes the whole implantation process less complicated.
9) When was the first mechanical valve implanted?
10) Can strong emotions damage the valve?