Mechanical Heart Valve Failure Symptoms

Mechanical heart valves may last for years without wearing out. However, their effectiveness can sometimes be impacted by blood clots or tissue formation around the prosthetic valve. A failing prosthetic valve can be life-threatening, and replacement is often the only treatment option. It is essential to know the warning signs of a failing mechanical heart valve so you can seek appropriate medical care. Symptoms could include:
  • Tightness or Pain in the Chest
  • Heart Murmur
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Swelling of ankles, feet, and abdominal

Mechanical Heart Valve Risk Factors

There are several risk factors that could increase the risk of developing heart valve disease, including:
  • Older Age
  • History of certain infections that affect the heart
  • History of Heart disease or heart attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions present at birth (congenial heart disease)

Types of Monitoring Associated with Mechanical Heart Valves

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Home PT/INR Testing

Monitoring Type 1

If you have a mechanical heart valve, your physician may prescribe blood thinners to reduce your risk of complications. Self-INR testing is an easy way to monitor your PT/INR levels and decrease the risk of bleeding and clotting through reliable, results. Through our affiliate mdINR®, you can check your levels from home, and mdINR® will ensure your INR test results are sent to your provider rather than you making a trip to the lab.

How We Can Help

Patients who receive a manufactured valve will almost always require a blood-thinning medication for the rest of their lives. The blood thinner will keep clots from forming. Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve can be challenging, but you're not in it alone. Lincare’s affiliates are here for you and provide at Home PT/INR Testing. The INR Testing program may improve health-related quality of life while receiving the medical treatment you need.
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