The track record on mechanical valves is amazing, look at the folks here with mechanical valves (and older models at that) going on 20,30+ years. Find me tissue valves going 30+ years. Warfarin is no big deal, you take your dose daily and test weekly, people take daily drugs all the time. The othe warfarin issues are blown out of proportion. Yes if you eat a huge batch of kale or something high in Vitamin K you INR may drop a bit. The bleeding thing is a joke, I went to pick up my meds yesterday and got a vaccine at same time and nurse said, “you didn’t even bleed, I expected you to bleed on warfarin”. I will take the minor inconveniences of warfarin over wondering how long my tissue valve may last.A second thought I’ve just had.
To each his own. I would have jumped on it. There was a time years ago when I swore I would DIE before I had a fake man made device device ever put in my body again. And I would take a chance on this before dealing with blood thinners any day. And if the man is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, he’s no slouch. Imagine what he had to know about the heart to have qualified to train. I’m calling the Cleveland Clinic Monday AM. This is not the first time in my life that regrettable Emory doctor’s have failed to tell me of my options.
I say one person with a mechanical problem on this forum and it was not the valve, but the stitches for the valve that failed. Look at all the people here with tissue valves that lasted less than 10 years.
Again this is a personal preference, but sometimes man made is far superior to anything naturally made.