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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have heart failure with a mild leakage in my triscupid heart valve. Should I choose surgery to repair it?
Drinking alcohol after having mitral valve heart surgery for leaky heart valve allowed? Will alcohol have any effects on repaired 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This question cannot: Be answered over the internet because it is a complex issue. It depends on the valve, the nature of the valvular abnormality, your general health the presence of other heart problems, the anesthesia used and the skills of the surgeon. Every surgeon will give you his experience and numbers specific for your case. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stenotic or leaking: Any of the four heart valves can have congenital or acquired diseases. As they worsen clinically, as followed by echocardiogram or cath surgery will be considered and all risks and benefit chances reviewed mitral can frequently be opened or repaired depending on the surgical findings. Aortic generally can't be repaired or just opened except in kids. Replacement by biologic or mechanical valve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specifically: If your doctor says you need it, you'd better pay attention! Do you have a specific question? ...Read more
Ask hospital account: Your hospital accountant may be able to inform you the cost of the procedure at that particular institution. ...Read more
Varies: Contact the cleveland clinic foundation accounting offices and they may be able to give you an approximate figure. It varies by hospital. ...Read more
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