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Can I have a heart valve replacement if I'm allergic to nickel?

Linda Martinez
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Yes, you can have a heart valve replacement if you are allergic to nickel.  There are many different heart valves available for replacement.  Some are bioprosthetic meaning they come from cadaver humans.  Pig valves are also commonly used to replace valves as well.  Some of the metals used are: titanium, graphite, pyrolytic carbon, and polyester. 

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