Bhubaneswar: The Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) Department has added another feather to its cap by introducing implantation of mechanical valve which rotates slightly with each heart beat.
Recently Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Debashish Nayak and his team at Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar implanted a novel mechanical valve in a young woman from Boudh district of Odisha. “This new type of valve has been developed in Netherlands and is unique because the valve rotates slightly with each heart beat”, said Dr Nayak adding that this motion prevents a clot formation and subsequent blockage of the valve. This kind of implantation has been done free of cost and the patient has been discharged.
Designed to mimic and function like a natural, healthy heart valve, mechanical valves open and close with each heartbeat, permitting proper blood flow through the heart. Mechanical valves are made from manufactured materials and designed to last a lifetime. They typically do not wear out or break down, informed Dr. Nayak.
If you receive a mechanical valve, you will need to take a blood-thinning (anticoagulant) medication every day, said DR Nayak adding that blood-thinning medications delay the clotting action of the blood, which helps prevent blood clots from forming on and around the valve.
Dr. Debasis Nayak