20 year tissue valve? 
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 20 year tissue valve?

I will be having aorta heart valve replacement surgery. I am 76 years
old and in fair to good health. No other major problems. I have read on
internet sites and have been told by two cardiologists that the life
span of a tissue valve is 8 to 12 years. However, the cardiac surgeon I
visited says that 20 years is the current expectancy for a tissue
valve. He said it would be a edwards valve.

I went to the Edwards Lifesciences web site and they list their Magna
Perimount Aorta Valve and sure enough the description makes reference
to 20 year durability. The web site link to this claim is:

http://www.***.com/

Does anyone have a comment on this claim? Is this simply marketing
hype, or does the Edwards Company have some science break through that
other valve makers do not have?

All replies, info, opinions, experiences, etc. welcomed!

Aaron In N. Hollywood



Fri, 01 May 2009 03:30:45 GMT
 20 year tissue valve?

Quote:

> I will be having aorta heart valve replacement surgery. I am 76 years
> old and in fair to good health. No other major problems. I have read on
> internet sites and have been told by two cardiologists that the life
> span of a tissue valve is 8 to 12 years. However, the cardiac surgeon I
> visited says that 20 years is the current expectancy for a tissue
> valve. He said it would be a edwards valve.

> I went to the Edwards Lifesciences web site and they list their Magna
> Perimount Aorta Valve and sure enough the description makes reference
> to 20 year durability. The web site link to this claim is:

> http://www.edwards.com/products/hear...rochurepdf.htm

> Does anyone have a comment on this claim? Is this simply marketing
> hype, or does the Edwards Company have some science break through that
> other valve makers do not have?

This belongs in the category of YMMV  (Your Mileage May Vary) and not a
20 yr guarantee because there is not 20+ year data that would compel
anyone to issue a guarantee.

Bear in mind that many folks end up in atrial fibrillation requiring
warfarin anticoagulation after aortic valve replacement especially for
folks older than 65 yrs that if you are opting for the shorter-lived
bioprosthetic valve to avoid the warfarin anticoagulation required by a
mechanical valve, you may be short-sighted.

Quote:
> All replies, info, opinions, experiences, etc. welcomed!

You've got it.

Quote:
> Aaron In N. Hollywood

May GOD continue to heal our hearts with HIS living water, dear
neighbor Aaron whom I love unconditionally.

Prayerfully in Christ's amazing love,

Andrew <><
--
Andrew B. Chung
Cardiologist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
http://HeartMDPhD.com/HolySpirit

As for knowing who are the very elect, these you will know by the
unconditional love they have for everyone including their enemies
(Matthew 5:44-45, 1 Corinthians 13:3, James 2:14-17).
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Fri, 01 May 2009 05:23:26 GMT
 20 year tissue valve?


Quote:
>I will be having aorta heart valve replacement surgery. I am 76 years
> old and in fair to good health. No other major problems. I have read on
> internet sites and have been told by two cardiologists that the life
> span of a tissue valve is 8 to 12 years. However, the cardiac surgeon I
> visited says that 20 years is the current expectancy for a tissue
> valve. He said it would be a edwards valve.

> I went to the Edwards Lifesciences web site and they list their Magna
> Perimount Aorta Valve and sure enough the description makes reference
> to 20 year durability. The web site link to this claim is:

> http://www.edwards.com/products/hear...rochurepdf.htm

> Does anyone have a comment on this claim? Is this simply marketing
> hype, or does the Edwards Company have some science break through that
> other valve makers do not have?

> All replies, info, opinions, experiences, etc. welcomed!

> Aaron In N. Hollywood

Aaron,

I've had the Carpentier Edwards valve for 10 years.  Had an echocardiogram
yesterday and according to the cardiologist it's in good shape.

When I checked 10 years ago the Carpentier Edwards tissue valve had a 10 %
failure rate at 20 years with almost no failures the first 10 years.  The
failure curve is given in several Baxter (Edwards) report which are hard to
come by.

The big advantage of the tissue valve over the mechanical is no coumadin
required.  Coumadin is difficult to live with and a PITA in case of an
accident or surgery.

Jay



Sat, 02 May 2009 11:34:42 GMT
 
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