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Tissue Valve

Tissue valves are made up of human or animal tissue. The valves composed of human tissue, known as allografts or homografts, are from donors’ human hearts. The valves made from animal tissues, such as the porcine (pig), bovine (cow), and equine (horse) models, are secured with a preserving solution

A tissue heart valve is made of biological tissue, usually from an animal, and can last about 10 to 20 years. While tissue valves are not as long-lasting as mechanical valves, they do not usually require long-term use of blood thinner medicines. Tissue valves can be good options for people who are older, or people who cannot safely take blood thinner medicines.