|Cost Of Heart Valve Replacement
The heart has 4 valves and these are the aortic valve, mitral valve, tricuspid valve and pulmonary valve. The main function of the valves is to ensure that the blood in the different chambers of the heart flow just in one direction and there is no backflow when the blood moves from heart chamber to the next.
When disease afflicts one of the valves or it gets injured due to some infection or illness, the valve needs to be replaced so that the heart and the lungs can function properly and no complications occur. When a heart valve has to be replaced, it can be done so using a donor human heart valve, mechanical heart valve or tissue heart valve made from animals (usually bovine). Nearly all heart valve replacement surgeries involve the replacement of either aortic valve or the mitral valve.
If you are told by the doctor that you need a heart valve replacement surgery, your first question will be about the cost of heart valve replacement. While you may not ask the doctor this, you can end up inquiring from friends and family. You will be surprised the answers you get. Some people might tell you that the cost of heart valve replacement is $100,000 while others might say $50,000.
The cost of heart valve replacement surgery, however, is dependent on the age of the patient, gender, insurance cover and the valve that needs to be replaced. In addition, you will have to take into account the cost of the surgery, drugs, medication, hospital stay etc. Typically the cost of heart valve replacement can range from $20,000 to $40,000 and you can be sure that most patients will not be able to pay for this if they do not have proper medical insurance.
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