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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you led a normal life after having a heart by pass surgery and an aortic valve replacement?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 35 years experience
What is "normal"?: A patient will undergo that procedure if it will save him or her or at least improve quality of life. If the procedure will keep a patient from going in and out of heart failure or allow him to at least perform reasonable functions in life, it is probably worth having done. Will someone run a marathon, probably not, but even so--i'll bet that there has been at least one or two who have done so.
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 18 years experience
Yes: As long as you follow instructions carefully and get follow up. Your new normal should include positive lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor about specific changes. These surgeries were done to improve the quality of your life. Don't waste it sitting around!
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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes : Arnold schwarzenegger had an aortic valve operation and you can see what he can do. If you have severe aortic stenosis and severe heart failure this operation may save your life but will not perform miracles. You can expect a near normal life if your heart function is near normal and you have a valve operation. The key to success is to replace the valve before your heart is damaged.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How common is a mechanical aortic valve replacement surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Somewhat common: Aortic valve surgery is the most common kind of valve surgery in the United States. For most surgical programs, the majority of heart surgery involves coronary artery bypass. Thus, aortic valve replacement probably represents approximately 5% of all heart surgery. The figure may be higher at some specialized valve surgical programs.
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