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Aortic Valve Replacement : Warfarin Sodium Vs. Aprotinin

Definition

Aortic valve replacement is a cardiac surgery procedure in which a patient's failing aortic valve is substituted for an alternate healthy valve. The aortic valve can be affected by a range of diseases; the valve can either become leaky (aortic insufficiency / regurgitation) or partially blocked (aortic stenosis). Aortic valve replacement is open heart surgery. A new catheter-based approach (percutaneous aortic valve replacement or PAVR), which obviates the need for open heart surgery, is being used in some places of the world and is being tested in clinical trials in the United States and Europe.

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