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Why do biologic valves break down faster in children or young adults?
I am wearing out my biological valves every 9 years (3 so far) and am only 64. How many more valve replacements can my body realistically survive?
submitted by Chris from San Diego, California on 1/24/2014
by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD
The longevity of biologic valves is affected by growth factors and enzymes which are more prevalent in children and/or young adults. Tissue (biologic) valves also tend to calcify, which affects their proper function. It may be time for a mechanical valve if your current valve fails.
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Updated January 2014