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The main benefit of a heart valve replacement made from pig, or porcine, tissue is the decreased risk of blood clots, which also makes the use of lifelong blood-thinning medication unnecessary, advises the Society of Tho... More »

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Pig valve replacement is a viable treatment for heart disease, specifically heart valve disease, according to the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Heart valve disease happens when one of the val... More »

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The purpose of heart valves is to ensure blood flow continues in one direction. The heart has two types of valves. Atrioventricular valves are located between the atria and ventricles. Semilunar valves, so-called because... More »

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A heart valve replacement procedure may involve small incisions or a sternotomy, depending on the risk of surgery, the valve that needs replacement and the severity of the symptoms, according to the American Heart Associ... More »

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The most common method to remove blood clots in the heart is to administer medication to stop the movement of the clot, according to the Washington University School of Medicine. Patients are monitored weekly by health p... More »

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One of the most important ways to lower the risk of a heart condition is to stop all use of tobacco products, according to Mayo Clinic. Other helpful tips include exercising at least half an hour most days and improving ... More »

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After heart mitral valve surgery, some of the possible risks include blood clots, post-operative risks and infection around the valve, according to WebMD. Risks associated with aortic valve surgery are that the valve may... More »

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