Tissue Heart Valves

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Safety and use information

Safety and Use

Find important safety and use information for heart valves.

Tissue Heart Valves for Heart Valve Replacement

Tissue valves are most often made with tissues from porcine (pig) heart valves or bovine (cow) cardiac tissue. When you have a tissue heart valve, you do not need to take lifelong blood-thinner medication (unless you have another condition that makes this medication necessary).

Tissue valves are not as durable as mechanical valves. Clinical studies show that tissue heart valves may last from eight to 20 years, depending on their position.1,2 (In these studies, aortic valves have tended to last longer than mitral valves.) How long the valve lasts depends on the type of tissue valve, your age, lifestyle, medication requirements and other factors.

The St. Jude Medical commitment to safe, reliable and effective tissue heart valves

With more than 30 years of heart valve expertise, St. Jude Medical is committed to the advancement of heart valve technology. Tissue heart valves from St. Jude Medical are supported by clinical evidence: studies show the excellent durability of a St. Jude Medical™ tissue heart valves.1,2 The Trifecta™ valve with Glide™ Technology featured below is an example of our innovation in tissue valve technology.

Name Trifecta™ Valve with Glide™ Technology

Learn more details about the Trifecta™ valve with Glide™ Technology.


1. Myken, P. S., & Bech-Hansen, O. A 20-year experience with 1,712 patients with the Biocor porcine bioprosthesis. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 137, 76-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcvs.2008.05.068
2. Eichinger, W. B., Hettich, I. M., Ruzicka, D. J., Holper, K., Bleiziffer, S., & Lange, R. (2008). Twenty-year experience with the St. Jude Medical Biocor bioprosthesis in the aortic position. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 86(4), 1204-1211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.05.058