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  • Hi. I'm a 41 year old male trying to pick a valve and leaning toward mechanical valves, but wondering what other people's experiences have been. It looks like you've had a mech valve for about 10 years - how is it going? Would you get the same valve again? How long do you expect it to last? How has the ACT management been for you?

    My cardiologist and surgeon both recommended a tissue valve, saying that the new 3rd generation valves are approaching the longevity of mechanical valves, but that was based on a no-reop rate of 87% for tissue valves and 93% for mechanical valves at 12-15 years. What that statistic doesn't say is what happens after 15 years. And from what I've read of journal articles, it looks like the no-reop rate for tissue valves drops precipitously after 15 years but the mechanical no-reop rate remains pretty stable.

    Sorry for the ramble. Appreciate any wisdom you can share from your experiences.
    Hi. I'm a 41 year old male trying to pick a valve and leaning toward mechanical valves, but wondering what other people's experiences have been. It looks like you've had a mech valve for about 10 years - how is it going? Would you get the same valve again? How long do you expect it to last? How has the ACT management been for you?

    My cardiologist and surgeon both recommended a tissue valve, saying that the new 3rd generation valves are approaching the longevity of mechanical valves, but that was based on a no-reop rate of 87% for tissue valves and 93% for mechanical valves at 12-15 years. What that statistic doesn't say is what happens after 15 years. And from what I've read of journal articles, it looks like the no-reop rate for tissue valves drops precipitously after 15 years but the mechanical no-reop rate remains pretty stable.

    Sorry for the ramble. Appreciate any wisdom you can share from your experiences.
    G
    It looks like you're sitting by a lake. Are you in Chicago?
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