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Are There Alternatives To Heart Valve Surgery
Usually not - cause?: Valve surgery is a long-term solution to a serious problem , usually no way to achieve similar effect/result without surgery. You can refuse consent, but you should be fully informed of the risks and expected outcomes before making any decision. There are different kinds of valve surgery depending on your condition. A complex issue you should discuss with your dr in detail. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
Yes: There are options but depending on the situation they may not be very good. It depends on the valve involved, the type of pathology, how ill the patient is and the symptoms being experienced. Medical management is almost always done for a time (days to months) and can be appropriate for many patients. There are also less invasive approaches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Medical management is always possible but may not be the wisest choice. The severity of the valve pathology, the valve involved, the status of the patient and the symptoms experienced are all important to a formal recommendation. There are several ways to do less invasive valve surgery that are becoming more common for select patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: The risk of valve surgery varies with a lot of things. Age, general condition, previous surgery, and medical problems have an impact. Also the overall function of the heart and other heart problems, as well as the acuity of the procedure (elective, urgent, emergent). Likewise, recovery varies with the operation and patient. See a doctor for details. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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It depends: The lungs can retain fluid because the pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs is high. This can be because of volume overload - too much fluid in the body, or because the heart needs higher pressures to fill. It can also be because the blood vessels of the lung are leakier due to inflammation after surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Water is spontaneously seeping from my 80yr old mother's leg. What could be the cause & is it dangerous? She had heart valve surgery 3 times.
Venous hypertension: A history of multiple valve surgeries and longstanding valvular hert disease implies a risk of pulmonary hypertension. The high right sided pressures cause backup into the venous system with excessive venous hypertension in the legs (dependent legs makes worse). Chronic venous hypertension can lead to the weeping you describe. Although other things cause edema, repeat valve surgery makes likely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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