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    Colloidal silver okay with blood thinner, Clopidogrel?

    From: Colloidal Silver: Risks and Benefits (healthline.com) The summary if you don't want to read the article: Colloidal silver is a classic example of anecdotal reports that differ drastically from scientific research
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    Foldax Continues

    The transcatheter is probably farthest behind as they try to crunch those polymer leaflets into a tube without damage.
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    3 decades ticking away!

    Leave the valve alone - it will last far past 100 years of service.
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    Here's an example of what materials get looked at: Tuna cornea as biomaterial for cardiac applications https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22740728/
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    No advantage over existing bi-leaflet valves.
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    You'll have to trust me on that one, I can assure you with 100% certainty that this has been around that long.
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    I could elaborate but I can't. Lets just say for legal reasons. And no, the industry is not trying to hide something - if someone can make a buck off of these things they would - and get stuff like this to market ASAP.
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    and.. from the On-X website: It is well documented that the On-X valve does not produce the turbulence and blood damage commonly produced by other mechanical heart valve prosthesis and therefore significantly reduces the potential for life-threatening blood clots. Well, I don't believe it...
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    This valve, or similar, has been out and about for over 20 years - there's a reason its not on the market - yet.
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    Advancement and the future of Mechanical Valves/ Blood Thinners, ETC

    The Foldax valve would be considered a "hybrid" valve combining the durability of a mechanical valve with the (relatively) soft closing action of a tissue valve - time will tell. Nothing is happening on the mechanical side. Years (decades) ago, SJM once had a marketing line - Not New, Not...
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    Mitral valve first replaced 34yrs ago, looking for help

    Link on Amazon - Dr. Lillehei: https://www.amazon.com/King-Hearts-Maverick-Pioneered-Surgery/dp/0609807242/ref=sr_1_1?crid=823U9BQQ3XJ5&dchild=1&keywords=king+of+hearts+book&qid=1604871820&sprefix=king+of+hearts%2Caps%2C891&sr=8-1
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    Mitral valve first replaced 34yrs ago, looking for help

    St. Jude Medical (now Abbott) sells a couple dozen or so "baby valves" per year and has been at that rate for a number of decades, some go on to find a replacement heart, for others a mechanical valve will remain with them for their entire life. Typically in their early teens they will get an...
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    Regurgitation vs Stenosis

    Stenosis means stiff leaflets - stiff leaflets can cause regurgitation because they don't seal properly, however stenosis is typically associated with a higher pressure drop - there is a restriction. Regurgitation (flowing the "wrong way") can also be caused by a leaflet prolapse, a hole, or...
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    Back to Back TAVRs

    Tissue valves can last 6 months to 20 years - I've seen both.
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    Decision time.

    Maintain a reasonable blood pressure and go with the mechanical - you're to young for a tissue valve.
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