The Regent mechanical heart valve is intended for use as a replacement valve in patients with a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning aortic valve. The device may also be used to replace a previously implanted aortic prosthetic valve.
The primary advantages of a Regent mechanical valve include durability, since mechanical valves are designed to last a lifetime.1 Mechanical valves also avoid the potential of eventual calcification, which can occur with tissue valves. Furthermore the excellent hemodynamics of the Regent aortic valve is another advantage to consider.
However, any mechanical valve confers a thrombogenic potential which could eventually result in embolic stroke. This is mitigated by the requirement that patients adhere to lifelong anticoagulants, such as warfarin, to preclude thrombus formation.
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