Heart Valve Replacement

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Quiz: Do You Understand Heart Valve Replacement?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

Heart valves can malfunction in one way.

Explanation:
Heart valves can malfunction in two ways. They can be stuck in a more closed position, so the flow through the valve will be restricted. It can also be stuck in a more open way, in which case the blood can leak back through the valve.
2

The heart valves control the flow of blood by helping it move in one direction through your heart and body.

Explanation:
The heart valves control the flow of blood by helping it move in one direction through your heart and body. If a valve isn’t working properly, this blood flow and the blood vessels that carry oxygen throughout the body are affected
3

Most commonly, heart valve replacement is a minor laparoscopic surgery with a recovery of one week.

Explanation:
Most commonly, heart valve replacement is a major open-heart surgery with a recovery of several weeks. During this procedure, the doctor makes an incision in the chest, and circulates blood outside of the body using a machine to add oxygen to it.
4

The newer heart valve replacement surgery is otherwise known as a TAVI.

Explanation:
The newer procedure, which is a percutaneous valve procedure (otherwise known as a TAVI), is less invasive, but isn’t performed at as many hospitals.
5

The most common tissues used for heart valve replacement are cow or pig tissue.

Explanation:
The most common tissues used for heart valve replacement are cow tissue, made of the heart sac of the cow, or pig valve, and sometimes a combination of both. Other options are a cadaver valve, or transferring your own valve from another part of your heart.

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