This procedure can only be done as part of a research study. This is because there is not enough evidence to be sure how well it works and how safe it is.
The aortic valve (1 of 4 valves in the heart) sometimes becomes leaky or narrow. This means the blood doesn’t get pumped around the body properly, which can cause palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain. In this procedure, chemically treated cow pericardium (the tissue around a cow’s heart) is used to make a new valve to replace the damaged aortic valve in the patient. The aim is to improve the patient’s symptoms.
Is this procedure right for me?
If you’ve been offered this procedure, your healthcare professionals should discuss with you what is involved, and explain the research study, and tell you about the risks and benefits. They should talk with you about your options, and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. All of this should happen before you agree (consent) to have the procedure and to be in the study. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. Read more about making decisions about your care.
Some questions to think about
- What does the procedure involve?
- What are the possible benefits? How likely am I to get them?
- What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
- What happens if the procedure doesn’t work or something goes wrong?
- What happens if I don’t want the procedure? Are there other treatments available?
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