Here you can find websites and blogs that I’ve found to be helpful when it comes to learning about heart disease. I have congenital heart defects concerning my Mitral and Aortic Valves. I had endocarditis which lead to damage of these valves, which then lead to Open Heart Surgery. I have a Mitral Valve Repair and an Aortic Valve Replacement. My replacement valve is a Bovine Tissue Valve (cow tissue). I decided to go with a tissue valve because I do not want to be dependent on blood thinners for the rest of my life, and if I’m able to, I would like to have kids someday and tissue was the better way to go for me. Tissue valves do not last as long as a Mechanical Valve, so you will need to have a tissue valve replaced, meaning you may need Open Heart Surgery again. This is my personal opinion. I would highly suggest you seek the advice from a cardiologist and surgeon if you are needing open heart surgery. And know this, life is STILL good after surgery! Don’t forget that.
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