valve replacement surgery is an open-heart procedure. The damaged heart valve
is removed and replaced with a new valve. There are two types of replacement
valve: a mechanical heart valve made from plastic or metal (shown above) or a
bioprosthetic heart valve made from human or animal (usually pig) tissue.
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Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
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