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What is the life of an artificial aortic valve?

Q: What is the life expectancy of an artificial aortic valve, if it is replaced in a well built young person of 28 years?

A:The life of an artificial valve depends on the type of valve. If biological valves are used, they can last upto 10-12 years. If mechanical valves are used and proper precautions are taken, then they can last for many more years (25-30 years or may be more). But which valve is suitable for the person depends on several factors like age, sex, disease, compliance, etc. For young person of 28 years, which valve should be used, will depend on a detailed examination of the patient.


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