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A 35-year-old male asked about a 67-year-old female:

Mom (68yr), trouble breathing dr said she need an artificial valve in heart don't want to get surgery has diabetes hypertension how risky is this?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 43 years experience
If bp and diabetes: Are controlled, the surgery should not be significantly more risky than normal. All surgery, particularly heart valve surgery, has inherent risks. Discuss them w/your doctor. The risks of postponing or avoiding the surgery are certainly greater.
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 25 years experience
It depends. : The risk of heart surgery depends on many things. The age and overall condition of the patient, other medical problems, heart function, the operation required, previous surgery, and the acuity of the procedure (elective, urgent, emergent) all impact the risk of problems around the time of surgery. A doctor, particularly a surgeon, can help advise about surgical risk.
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Last updated Sep 29, 2016


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