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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||American family physician|
|State||Published - Sep 1 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Family Practice