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Is It Normal To Take Couple Of Days To Wake Up After A Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery
NO, but it happens: Most patients wake up the same day. Rarely, a patient may wake up agitated requiring further sedation to protect them from harming themselves. This may take several days to wake up appropriately. Even more unusual is the patient who does not wake up due to a stroke. All the above patients may still have a very successful outcome, but recovery may take longer. ...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
What is "normal"?: A patient will undergo that procedure if it will save him or her or at least improve quality of life. If the procedure will keep a patient from going in and out of heart failure or allow him to at least perform reasonable functions in life, it is probably worth having done. Will someone run a marathon, probably not, but even so--i'll bet that there has been at least one or two who have done so. ...Read more
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
Choices are repair fr some mitral valves.
Biologic or mechanical for aortic valves depending on age, bleeding issues, and overall risk assessment. ...Read more
Depends: The type of surgery used is important. Full sternotomy means no straining or heavy lifting for about 6-8 weeks, while a mini- sternotomy requires less recovery. A transcatheter approach can have patients fully active in about a week. Discuss recovery times with your surgeon before proceeding. ...Read more
Having my aortic valve replacement surgery next month. I need to relocate to a different country. How long before I can do that. Any supervision needed?
3 months: Wait at least 3 months. If you have no complications by that time, you should be good to go. At your (young) age, I presume you'll receive a mechanical valve since a bioprosthetic valve won't last long enough. You'll need warfarin/coumadin and will need close medical supervision of your protimes/inr in your new home. Get hooked up with a cardiologist or other doctor there as soon as possible. ...Read more
I just had an aortic valve replacement surgery and it was replaced, how long should I wait after this surgery to smoke?
Forever: Never, never start again.Get a more detailed answer ›
My mom had an aortic valve replacement surgery and now she's afraid that if she gets stressed it will "blow". Could that happen?
Modes AVR failure: There are two kinds of valves, mechanical and tissue. Mechanical valves don't tend to wear out. Tissue valves will fail with time, but usually don't "blow out". With time, tissue valves will become hardened, rockier, more difficult to move, and this tendency increases with more strain from higher blood pressure, but as a trend over time, not as a blow out. It can give way at the end. ...Read more
Can you drink alcohol after having aortic valve replacement surgery and while having a pacemaker?
What happens if scar forms on the heart after aortic valve replacement surgery, is there any remedy for this?
How long should I wait after aortic valve replacement surgery to if it was replaced with a cow valve?
I just had an aortic valve replacement surgery and it was replaced with a cow valve. Am I going to be okay in the future?
Yes, for many years: An aortic valve is replaced with either a tissue valve, like yours, or a metal/plastic valve. The plastic valves should last for a lifetime, but require you to be on blood thinners for life, which are at best a nuisance and at worst dangerous. Tissue valves do not need to blood thinners, but are only expected to last about 10 years, so re-operation may be needed. ...Read more
I wouldn't: With the respiratory effects of cannabis — I wouldn't. Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged & deeper than with tobacco with higher combustion temperatures. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x higher than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. It can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing & ^ sputum. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom had an aortic valve replacement surgery and now she's afraid that if she gets stressed it will "blow"?
Relax, Revitalize: With current aortic valve surgery after adequate healing your Mom should really have very few limitations as to activity, and the surgery should actually allow her to do more. I have many patients that have gone back to running marathons, lifting weights, skiing, etc. She should go on a gradual rehab program starting several weeks after surgery but within 2-3 months,better than preop! ...Read more
Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?
Is a root canal safe to do one week before aortic valve replacement? Or better to wait 6 months after surgery?
Problems: There are problems and there are problems, it depends on what the 'problem' is. When the problem is bad enough, we can do dialysis. When the problem is treatable by less extensive means, we can do lesser things. You have to know what's wrong. ...Read more
There are several: The complications of aortic valve replacement include bleeding, blood transfusions, stroke, infection, renal failure, reoperation, atrial fibrillation and death. Therre are more than well. Fortunately the risks of aortic valve surgery are relatively small for most patients. The exact risks vary from patient to patient. The average risk of death is about 1-2% for most aortic valve replacements. ...Read more
How can I find a health care advocate to help during my open-heart surgery for aortic valve replacement. I have no family nearby and husband not able?
3-5 hours: Depending on anatomy, extent of calcification, surgeon experience and several other patient related conditions ...Read more
Check with your doc:
If you have your aortic valve replaced with a tissue valve, some surgeons do not recommend warfarin at all, others may suggest you take a blood thinner for a short while e.g. 1-3 months.
If you have any other problems such as an irregular heart beat like atrial fibrillation, you may have other reasons that you would need warfarin.
It would be best to check with your doctor. ...Read more
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
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