In general, men are more likely to develop coronary artery disease than women. This is because, until they go through menopause, women benefit from higher levels of estrogen in their bloodstream. However, once women go through menopause, their rate of developing the disease exceeds men's. After the age of 70, more women die of coronary artery disease than men.
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How is coronary artery disease (CAD) different for women than for men?
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There are two major types of aortic valve prostheses - mechanical and tissue.
Mechanical replacement valves have lifelong durability, however a blood thinning drug must be taken for the rest of the patient's life to prevent blood clots from forming on the hinges of the valve. Besides being somewhat of a nuisance, taking blood thinners also create a small risk of bleeding complications.
Tissue or "bioprosthetic" valves are made of cow or pig tissue. Because they are made of natural materials, there isn't a need to take blood thinners. However they are less durable, lasting about 10-15 years.
Your doctor will help you make a decision on which kind of aortic valve replacement to pick based on your age, occupation, lifestyle, medical history, and preference.
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