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what is the risk of death during a heart valve surgery?

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 42 years experience
This question cannot: be answered over the internet because it is a complex issue. It depends on the valve, the nature of the valvular abnormality, your general health the presence of other heart problems, the anesthesia used and the skills of the surgeon. Every surgeon will give you his experience and numbers specific for your case.

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