Any advice on Aortic Valve Replacement.

By openhearts1110 Latest Reply 2011-08-26 17:11:23 -0500
Started 2011-08-20 18:50:16 -0500

Im going in the begining of next month to have my aortic valve replaced. Im still not sure which choice i will make. Does anyone have any suggestions. I know there is pros and cons of both choices.

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storyteacher1 2011-08-26 08:55:36 -0500 Report

You might also check out any of Adam Pick's materials. You can Google his name and he's also an author of books on this subject. I discovered him after my husband had emergency aortic valve replacement (porcine/tissue) in 2005.

jhammer-hvs 2011-08-25 14:58:13 -0500 Report

If you're doing research on aortic valve replacement, I'd suggest reading some of the articles at

They have a great surgeon finder service, journals that you can read or maintain of your experience and tons of great articles on the pros and cons of each type of surgery.

Good luck!!

HeartHawk 2011-08-21 21:50:21 -0500 Report


Excellent question. Here is a good short article that discusses the pros and cons.

For a lenghier and more technical discussion I would review this article from the Cleveland Clinic as well as many of the links it contains.

Make certain to visit this article link on heart valve surgery.

I would say the key issues are age and lifestyle. Mechanical valves last twice as long (up to 30 years) but require many lifestyle changes related to the need to take Coumadin for life. Coumadin is the only blood thinning drug approved for mechanical valves and it requries vigilant dosing, blood testing, and avoidance of activities that could result in brusing and bleeding. This may change in the near future as new drugs like Pradaxa are tested and approved for this use so discuss this with your doctor.


openhearts1110 2011-08-26 01:14:19 -0500 Report

Ive read up on the choices since i was five basiclly, so i know the disavantages and advantages of both valves. The doctor told me that she would reccommend me getting the tissue valve due to me being 19 and a girl. so that way if i decide to have a baby im able to without much concern. with the mechanical valve i wouldnt really be able to becaue of the coumadin, and the effects it has on the baby. Im actually more worried about having yet another operation. This is my second in less then a years time. I was thinking i could have a kid another way and it still be mine. so im not too worried about that. Im kinda worried though that the doctors will decide to go with the tissue valve even if i dont choose that one because last time they repaired my valve when i was told and it was written on my papers that it wasnt repairable. the next step was replacement. those articles were interesting though. and i appericeate the replies:)

lovejoy1 2011-08-26 08:54:54 -0500 Report

tough choice isn't it.. I had my second replacement done this past january. Everything went well, but i made the choice for the mechanical valve. Only because my tissue valve shrunk in 5 years and i was told it gets harder every time they have to go in. Like hearthawk said it's a serious lifestyle change and he isn't lying. Although it isn't as bad as you think once you have a routine down. Just need to be over partying. There's no way i would've been ready for the mechanical valve at your age

openhearts1110 2011-08-26 17:11:23 -0500 Report

Yeah it is tough choice. I dont party or anything though, i never saw a point in it. I was on coumadin after my first surgery for three months. its diffucult at first but after you get it down its a bit easier. Ive been leaning towards the mechanical for quite some time now. I was taking the tissue into thought because my doctor said thats what she advises. I hope everything is going well with you :)