Dr. Aklog explains if mechanical heart valves are loud devices.
The original mechanical heart valves that were invented in the early 60s were really loud. It was not uncommon that when a doctor walked into a patient’s room who has had this, that you could actually hear the valve all the way from the door of the room. We’ve come a long way since then, and the current designs, we’re on to fourth and fifth generation mechanical valves, are very quiet and with most patients they might, in the early period after surgery, have some sensation that they can hear the valve, especially if it’s really quiet or when you’re laying in bed at night, but it’s pretty limited, pretty quiet, and most patients will say that they get really quite used to it over time, and it’s just simply not an issue with most patients.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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