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Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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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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Are there any alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Are there any alternate options to heart valve surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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Avoid tobacco, alcohol and caffiene
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See your cardiologist regularly
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What are some good alternate options to heart valve surgery?

What are some good alternate options to heart valve surgery?

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 more

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Curious about heart valve surgery and recovery. What are the risks and how long is recovery?

Curious about heart valve surgery and recovery. What are the risks and how long is recovery?

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 more

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Physical rehabilitation (Tip)

Physical rehabilitation

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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What to do if heart valve surgery for blood type o- ?

What to do if heart valve surgery for blood type o- ?

Type and cross: Most modern valve surgery won't require a blood transfusion, but you will, no doubt, be typed and crossed prior to surgery. Fear not! ...Read more