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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 »

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 »

To prepare for a heart valve repair or replacement surgery, fast for the eight hours prior to the procedure; avoid smoking; and inform your doctor about any allergies to medicines, local and general anesthetic agents, ta... More »

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