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Can you be too old to have aortic valve surgery?

Can you be too old to have aortic valve surgery?

It depends: The most common aortic valve problem is aortic stenosis and it most commonly occurs in people in their 70's or older. Thus it is a condition of the elderly and when it is severe, the only solution is surgical aortic valve replacement. There is no absolute age cutoff for considering surgery but the overall health of the person has to be considered and the older one is, the riskier the surgery is. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Valve (Definition)

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


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What patients are too old to have aortic valve surgery?

What patients are too old to have aortic valve surgery?

Depends: It depends more on the patients underlying health rather than age. There are 60 year olds who will do poorly and 80 year olds who do well. It depends on the individual. ...Read more

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Is it posible have any other disease after aortic valve and aneurisma surgery?

Is it posible have any other disease after aortic valve and aneurisma surgery?

Heart disease: Aortic valve and aneurysm surgery deals with those problems only. Every other disease remains possible. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for aortic valve repair surgery?

How do I prepare for aortic valve repair surgery?

Follow instructions: Your doctor and office staff will give you specific instructions about which medications to take on the day of surgery. Usually, patients are instructed to continue blood pressure medications on the usual schedule. If you are on aspirin, ask if you need to stop taking it. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight other than a sip of water for taking your medications. Take a morning shower. ...Read more

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Is normal have supraventricular extrasystols after aortic valve surgery? Can be dangerous?

Yes, and No: It's extremely common and generally goes away as the heart heals. Remember, you've got stitches right in the heart muscle for goodness sakes - a little irritation is expected. Assuming they go away (and in most cases even if they don't) the extrasystoles don't impact your lifespan and don't pose a danger to your health, though i'll admit they can be a bit of a nuisance. ...Read more

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What is surgery like for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

What is surgery like for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Valve Replacement: If you have a bicuspid aortic valve (normally there are 3 leaflets, but in this case 2 are fused together from birth) the valve often develops either leakiness/ regurgitation or stiffness / stenosis. The treatment is open heart surgery with valve replacement. This could be either a tissue valve or a mechanical valve. Check with your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Can you tell me about surgery for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

No surgery: Bicuspid aorta is not indication for surgery. However, with age, bicuspid aorta may progress to aortic stenosis (when valve opening is severely limited). Surgery for aortic stenosis is performed only when the aortic valve area is severely or critically reduced (and not before). Progression from bicuspid aorta to aortic stenosis may take years or decades (even sometimes never) to take place. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Aortic Valve (Definition)

The aortic valve is one of 4 valves in the heart, each of which separates 2 cardiac chambers. It opens when blood is actively ejected from the left ventricle into the aorta artery, to be carried to the rest of the body. It then closes firmly to prevent blood from flowing backwards, while it passively continues to flow forward to body's vital organs. When next heartbeat ...Read more


Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more