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Does valvular heart disease affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Certain kinds of valvular surgeries may be more appropriate than others for children. For example, children with aortic valve problems may have a kind of surgery called a Ross operation. In this operation, the child's own pulmonary valve replaces the aortic valve, and is in turn replaced by a donor valve.

As well, valvular heart disease in children is often from congenital heart defects. Adults are more likely to develop valvular heart disease over time or as a result of various risk factors.

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