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Abbott prosthetic heart valves are indicated for use as replacement valves in patients with a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning native or prosthetic valve.

There are risks with any heart valve replacement. These may include, but are not limited to, blood cell damage (hemolysis), low red blood cell count (hemolytic anemia), bleeding, infection, clotting in or on the valve (thrombus formation), tissue on the valve (valvular pannus), loose clots in the blood stream that may block an artery in your arms, legs, or brain (thromboembolism), valve failure (which may include structural damage), leakage around the edge of the valve (paravalvular leak), need for reoperation, explanation, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), stroke, chest pain (angina), heart failure, and death.

Anticoagulation medication, which is used to thin the blood, is recommended for patients with mechanical valve implants.

Your heart surgeon and cardiologist can tell you about your own individual risks. Generally, risks depend on age, general health, specific medical conditions, and heart function. Talk to your doctor to better understand your potential benefits and risks.

HEART VALVE REPAIR SAFETY INFORMATION

Abbott heart valve repair devices are indicated for use in the repair of valves that are diseased or damaged due to either birth defects (congenital) or problems that arise from other diseases or from the aging process (acquired).

As with any surgery, there are also risks involved with heart valve repair surgery. Though rare, some of the possible complications include abnormal heart rhythms, narrowing of the valve opening, infection, bleeding, stroke, heart attack, and death. In some cases, your heart valve may not function as needed. This is not typical but you may need another surgery to treat it.

Your heart surgeon and cardiologist can tell you about your own individual risks. Generally, risks depend on age, general health, specific medical conditions, and heart function. Talk to your doctor to better understand your potential benefits and risks.

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