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What are the disadvantages of a mechanical heart valve?

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People who get mechanical heart valves have to take blood thinner medication for the rest of their lives to prevent clots from forming and raising your chances of a stroke. Also, some people hear a ticking sound. It’s the valve leaflets opening and closing.

From: Treatment for Heart Valve Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

National Institutes of Health. 

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?”’

American Heart Association: “Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

Mayo Clinic: "Valvuloplasty."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

National Institutes of Health. 

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?”’

American Heart Association: “Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

Mayo Clinic: "Valvuloplasty."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

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