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Can You Weight Lift After Having A Heart Valve Replaced
Sometimes: Nothing available for the mitral or tricuspid valves yet, but the aortic valve can be replaced with a transcatheter inserted valve. This is not for everyone though. It is still considered rather experimental, and reserved only for those who are unable to have open heart surgery. I look forward to advances in these procedures, and hope one day there is a routine, non-ohs alternative. ...Read more
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
Two ways: In the past, this is done with open heart surgery and the old valve is cut out and a new one sewn in to replace it. A new technique for the aortic valve involves crushing the old valve by blowing up a balloon and then placing the new valve through an artery in the leg, just as is done with a coronary artery stent. The procedure has been used successfully in high risk patients for surgery. ...Read more
Aortic Valve: The most commonly replaced heart valve in the us is the aortic valve. The process of valve disease, usually leading to the tightening of the valve (stenosis) is very similar to that of the development of CAD which is very common in the us. In the developing countries, rheumatic fever in childhood can lead to both mitral and aortic valve disease in the adulthood, but this is not common in the us. ...Read more
My heart valve is replaced with mechanical. It can v calcium diposions after long time affects function. Alcohol consumption will clear this diposion?
I had mitral heart valve replaced with a metal one 6 months ago, I am on warfarin, how to ease tremendous pain in lower back and leg?
Seek eval: As a general rule, if you're having tremendous pain anywhere, you should try and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are many possible diagnoses and we need to identify the cause to properly treat it. Hope you feel better soon ...Read more
Brother is taking 6 different blood pressure pills concurrently. His feet swell intermittently. Had heart valve replace. He is being told to undergo d?
Too complex: 6 BP pills are a sign that there unusual problem. First make sure he takes meds regularly. Some meds like Clonidine cause rebound hi BP if he skips or even delays a pill for a few hours. If he uses a patch, it may be not delivering through skin regularly. I am sure doc ultrasounded kidneys and checked urine. There is a new procedure for this scenario, to do radiofrequency ablation of kidney nerves. ...Read more
Have atrial fibrillation as a result of childhood rheumatic fever. It is affecting a heart valve. Will the valve need to be replaced?
Yes: But consult your cardiologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Need more info: Depends on which valve, what pressures and blood flows are like on each side of the valve and throughout the heart and lungs, what your grandma's activity level and symptoms are like, and how healthy she is for her age. Her cardiologist (heart doctor) should be able to give a detailed explanation of the pros & cons of all options in her particular situation, so you can all decide together. ...Read more
Devil in the details: Depends entirely on which valve and how much leaking. Some leaking of the tricuspid and pulmonic valve is 100% normal. Mild leakage of the mitral valve is technically "abnormal" but nearly universal and harmless. Mild leakage of the aortic valve is abnormal but well tolerated. Severe leakage should be followed by your heart doc and treated if certain criteria are met. ...Read more
Various: There are 4 valves in the heart which keep the blood moving in one direction. These valves can either leak or become narrowed. This may be the result of a valve which is structurally abnormal at birth or a valve which is damaged from infection, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or other illness. ...Read more
Multiple causes.: Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal. ...Read more
All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not function properly, usually lungs get congested, the valves on the right side (pulmonic and tricuspid) can affect the lungs usually if they are atretic (small) at birth, leading to underdevelopment of the lungs. ...Read more
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