Harvard Heart Letter

Choosing the right replacement heart valve

If replacing a heart valve becomes necessary, the decision is mainly a choice between a mechanical valve or a tissue valve. A mechanical valve requires the recipient to take warfarin to prevent clotting and a tissue valve will not last as long as a mechanical one. When it comes to choosing a new heart valve, your doctor's advice is definitely important. But your personal preferences and situation should also be part of the decision.
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