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My dad is 87 and was just diagnosed with a sticky valve. because of his age doctors are suggesting a low salt diet rather than surgery. can that work?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Not enough info: The treatment recommended depends on a lot of things. Which valve is involved? How severe is the diseased valve? What is his heart function? What is his overall health like? How frail is he? There are 87 y/o i would operate on w/o a 2nd thought and there are younger ones i won't. If it's an aortic valve there are stent valve options for some. Get 2nd opinion. Low salt lowers BP i guess.

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