Current heart valve prostheses.

E. A. Lefrak, A. Starr

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Current heart valve prostheses may be classified as either mechanical or tissue valves (bioprostheses). The principal advantage of mechanical devices is their established long-term durability; however, chronic anticoagulation is recommended to reduce the incidence of thromboembolic complications. Tissue valves are associated with a relatively low rate of thromboembolism but their durability level has not been determined. All contemporary prosthetic heart valves yield comparable survival rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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