Designed to Mimic a Healthy Heart Valve
- Designed to function like a natural, healthy heart valve
- Does not require lifelong blood-thinner medication
- May be an option for pregnant women and children
- Lasts from eight to 20 years1,2
The Trifecta™ valve with Glide™ Technology is a tissue heart valve designed to mimic the function of a natural, healthy heart valve. It has excellent hemodynamics, supported by clinical evidence.1-2 “Hemodynamic” is a term doctors use to describe the flow of blood through the valve. A valve’s hemodynamic performance is important, and improved performance as a result of valve replacement can positively affect your quality of life immediately following your heart valve implant and throughout your lifetime.
Tissue heart valves may last from eight to 20 years, depending on their position.1,2 (Aortic valves have tended to last longer than mitral valves in these studies.) How long the valve lasts depends on your age, lifestyle, medication requirements and other factors.
St. Jude Medical™ prosthetic heart valves are indicated for use as replacement valves in patients with a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning native or prosthetic valve.
Risks associated with any heart valve replacement include, but are not limited to:
- Blood cell damage (hemolysis)
- Low red blood cell count (hemolytic anemia)
- Clotting in or on the valve (thrombus formation)
- Tissue on the valve (valvular pannus)
- Loose clots in the blood stream that may block an artery in your arms, legs or brain (thromboembolism)
- Valve failure (which may include structural damage)
- Leakage around the edge of the valve (paravalvular leak)
- Need for reoperation or explantation
- Heart failure
Generally, risks depend on age, overall health, specific medical conditions and heart function. Your heart surgeon and cardiologist are the best people to evaluate your risk. Talk to your doctor to better understand your potential benefits and risks.
See Important Safety Information.