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Do I Need Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

…who's tolerated a leaky valve for many years. For those folks—and others with the condition—I usually recommend that they monitor their symptoms carefully and see their doctor if they intensify. You should also have an annual echocardiogram to monitor the status of your leaky valve. Metabolic cardiology…

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Q&A: Can I Ever Stop My Coumadin Therapy?

…the one question I get asked everywhere I go. My answer is always the same. If you have a prosthetic heart valve or atrial fibrillation with a leaky valve or enlarged left atrium, you must continue your Coumadin therapy (warfarin). There is no adequate blood-thinning substitute if you have those conditions…

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