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Aortic Valve Replacement


Definition: An aortic valve replacement is necessary when a person’s aortic valve either becomes stenotic (too narrow) or insufficient (leaky). While the most common replacements come from a prosthetic or human valve, the use of animal valves can be used.

Examples: Mechanical Heart valve manufactures include St. Jude Medical, Medtronic, and Onyx. These are surgically placed by a cardiothoracic surgeon.

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