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How long can a patient with mitral valve replacement live?

Q: My mother having turned 40 two months back, had a mitral valve replacement. How long can a patient with such a procedure live and how many years will it work?

A:Prosthetic valves in the mitral position have durability exceeding 10 years. If careful follow-up drugs are taken, patients with mitral valve replacement can lead a near normal life and have a normal life expectancy.

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