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Doctor insights on: How Is A Heart Valve Surgically Repaired

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How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

Depends which valve: Repair most commonly is done on mitral valve, especially when mitral prolapse is present. The excess, "floppy" tissue causing the valve to prolapse is excised to make leaflets more taught. Sometimes an artificial ring is inserted around the base of the leaflets to cinch the whole apparatus together, if it has become dilated, preventing leaflets from closing up against each other. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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If I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery , and now year later drink alcohol occasionally will it weaken my heart valve ?

If I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery , and now year later drink alcohol occasionally will it weaken my heart valve ?

ALCOHOL: Aside the usual common sense admonitions about alcohol excess applicable to all there is no specific concern with respect to mitral valve repair surgery,Atrial fibrillation is common in patients with chest surgery and mitral valve disorders,alcohol can in susceptible persons potentiate atrial fib so be aware of this. ...Read more

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Had mitral valve repair surgery 6months ago..If i drink alcohol will it have harmful effects on heart since i had surgery to fix leaking heart valve?

Had mitral valve repair surgery 6months ago..If i drink alcohol will it have harmful effects on heart since i had surgery to fix leaking heart valve?

Heart valve surgery: It is important to follow your surgeon and other doctors advice concerning diet and alcohol consumption. If you have forgotten the advice then call your doctors office and ask for clarification of the advice. ...Read more

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How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

Heart valve: Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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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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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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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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