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Doctor insights on: Embolism Following Aortic Valve Replacement

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What problems could occur after aortic valve replacement?

What problems could occur after aortic valve replacement?

Relatively safe: Heart surgery is major surgery with lots of potential complications but the good news is that for the vast majority of patients they are uncommon. A lot depends on how well your heart squeezes before surgery and your overall health. With good health and function infection 1%, stroke 1%, irregular heart beat 15-20% (often not serious), death 2% or less. Your surgeon is best resource. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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 happens during, and after an aortic valve replacement?

What happens during, and after an aortic valve replacement?

Aortic valve sx: The native aortic valve is surgically removed and replaced with a mechanical valve or a bioprosthetic valve. Mechanical valves last a life time but need anticoagulation with coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aortic valve replacement?

What is the definition or description of: aortic valve replacement?

Replacing valve: The patients aortic valve leaflets are cut out and a prosthetic valve is sewn to the patients aortic valve annulus. It is done using cardiopulmonary bypass. Choices of valve are mechanical or bio prosthetic. ...Read more

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What will happen in aortic valve replacement surgery?

What will happen in aortic valve replacement surgery?

Aortic valve: Chest opened, tubes inserted intto heart connecting to bypass machine to replace the function of the heart while it is temporarily stopped. The heart is stopped, and blood prevented from entering the main blood pipe (the aorta), the aorta is opened, the old valve is cut out, an artificial valve is sewn in, the aorta is emptied of air on closure, the heart is restarted, tubes out, chest closed. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens in aortic valve replacement surgery?

Please help! what happens in aortic valve replacement surgery?

New valve: The diseased vale is removed during surgery, and a new valve, either mechanical or biologic, is used to replace it. There are multiple types of valves available, and are chosen based on age, life style, and patient preference. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of small incision aortic valve replacement?

What are the disadvantages of small incision aortic valve replacement?

None: If you are truly a good candidate, probably no significant disadvantages with experienced surgical team. ...Read more

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Do certain surgeons specialize in aortic valve replacement?

In general, No. : All cardiovascular surgeons are trained to replace the aortic valve during their residency or fellowship training programs. But, not all of them are proficient nor have the expertise. This depends on the number of aortic valve replacements done by a particular cv surgeon. One may rightly though rarely be classified as a specialist if the experience is limited to aortic valve replacement. ...Read more

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What is the effect of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement?

What is the effect of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement?

Pacemaker and AVR: After an aortic valve replacement the pacemaker works the same way to keep the heart from going too slow. Sometimes with aortic valve disease the conduction system gets damaged because it is close to the valve, and the patient needs a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Will my energy level go up after I had an aortic valve replacement?

Will my energy level go up after I had an aortic valve replacement?

Possibly: If your heart is unable to pump out sufficient volumes of blood, having the valve replacement should improve that, and that should relieve at least some fatigue. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. James Lin
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more