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A 43-year-old member asked:

i have tetralogy of fallout. is a heart valve replacement is necessary?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Case specific: If your cardiologist and cardiac surgeon advised you to replace a valve obviously it is necessary based on their knowledge of your case. Without actually studying your echo, cardiac cath hemodynamic data, can not have an opinion about your valve issues.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is the heart valve replacement procedure particularly dangerous?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
No, some risks exist: Like any invasive surgical procedure there are risks: infection<2%, stroke < 1%, death<.5%; these numbers can vary depending on degree of co-existing illness in patient. Many of these procedures have been performed, you can obtain success data on a given physician. In every case, a risk/benefit calculation must be analyzed.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What questions should we ask when my mom goes to talk the surgeon about getting a heart valve replacement?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Several: Make sure you are at a place where they do a lot of valve surgery. You should ask what kind of valve they will use and why. In some cases, that determines whether you will need to stay on anticoagulant medication. Can the valve be repaired rather than replaced? Especially if it is the mitral valve, sometimes a repair is preferred but not every hospital is prepared to do that surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Heart valve replacement. Which valves need it most?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Heart valves: The mitral and aortic valves are the most often replaced valves, but sometimes the mitral valve can be repaired, but not the aortic valve. So probably the aortic is the most replaced. It is much less common that the pulmonary or tricuspid valve be replaced.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can we do heart valve replacement at 66 years old?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
In most cases: If the indication is clear and there are no major contraindications or concomitant diseases, age per se is not a reason to decline cardiac valvular surgery, especially at only 66 years of age. This is best left to the attending cardiologist and consulting cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss with the patient and family.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Heart valve replacement - will I need anti-rejection meds if real?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
No.: No.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Neither mechanical valves nor animal-porcine valves are immunogenic, or are subject to rejection
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