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How long does the replaced mitral valve last?

Q: My 72 years old husband had a mitral valve replacement 10 years ago. The surgery itself did not go well. He had a stroke and is now totally bedridden due to Alzheimer’s disease. How long does the valve last? Does mitral valve replacement and Alzheimer’s disease have any connection?

A:I am sorry to hear that your husband is not doing well after his mitral valve replacement. The life of a valve depends on the type valve that was used. If it is a mechanical valve, then it usually lasts the lifetime of an individual but if it is a tissue valve, then on an average, it lasts for about 10-15 years.

Mitral valve replacement has nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease, but any open heart surgery may bring certain cognitive dysfunction and also the fact that he has had stroke may have some bearing on this, but per say valve replacement has nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease.

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