Heart valve surgery

Heart valve surgery

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Caption: Heart valve replacement surgery. Surgeons' hands holding wires attached to an artificial valve (centre) during an operation to replace a patient's defective heart valve. The heart valves prevent backflow of blood in the heart. If they start to fail, a condition known as incompetence, then the patient may not get enough oxygenated blood, leading to shortness of breath and chest pain. The condition may cause a heart attack in some cases. Replacement valves can either be artificial, as here, or from donors or even from other animals, usually a pig. During a valve replacement, the heart is stopped and its function taken over by a heart-lung machine.

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Keywords: artificial heart, artificial valve, cardiac, cardiac prosthesis, equipment, healthcare, heart disease, hospital, implant, medical, medicine, open, operating, operating theatre, prosthetic, replacement, replacing, surgeon, surgery, surgical, treating, treatment

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