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Is it normal to take couple of days to wake up after an aortic valve replacement surgery?

Is it normal to take couple of days to wake up after an 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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Can you led a normal life after having a heart by pass surgery and an aortic valve replacement?

Can you led a normal life after having a heart by pass surgery and an aortic valve replacement?

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

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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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How common is a mechanical aortic valve replacement surgery?

How common is a mechanical aortic valve replacement surgery?

Very: Choices are repair fr some mitral valves.
Biologic or mechanical for aortic valves depending on age, bleeding issues, and overall risk assessment. ...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 things you should not do after an aortic valve replacement surgery?

What are things you should not do after an aortic valve replacement surgery?

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

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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?

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

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My mom had an aortic valve replacement surgery and now she's afraid that if she gets stressed it will "blow". Could that happen?

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

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Can you drink alcohol after having aortic valve replacement surgery and while having a pacemaker?

Can you drink alcohol after having aortic valve replacement surgery and while having a pacemaker?

Yes: If you have a mechanical aortic valve and Coumadin (warfarin) for thinning blood, you have to be careful. Small quantities like a glass of wine or beer is okay. But large amounts can derange the blood thinning effects of coumadin (warfarin).
No relationship with pacemakers. ...Read more

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What happens if scar forms on the heart after aortic valve replacement surgery, is there any remedy for this?

No need: Scarring occurs as a healing process. There is no need to do anything unless the scar constricts your heart called constrictive pericarditis. Symptoms are shortness of breath, leg swelling, tiredness etc. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after aortic valve replacement surgery to if it was replaced with a cow valve?

Forever if possible: Smoking is harmful to the valve, your heart, and the rest of your body. You should take this opportunity to quit smoking. Easier said than done, but very important. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can you smoke marijuana after aortic valve replacement surgery and with a pacemaker?

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

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What is the role of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement surgery?

If needed: A small percentage of patients require post op pacemakers after aortic valve surgery. It usually does not cause any problems. ...Read more

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How would a pacemaker affect someone after aortic valve replacement surgery?

How would a pacemaker affect someone after aortic valve replacement surgery?

Synchronization: Allows for optimal heart function in the presence of complete heart block, sick sinus syndrome, chonotropic incompetence, symptomatic bradycardia to include some. ...Read more

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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"?

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

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Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?

Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?

Long term, no: For "critical aortic stenosis" (valve area less than .7cm2) surgery, and occasionally valvuloplasty is the only curative treatment. Prior to the critical phase of aortic stenosis, the condition is temporized with medications that support overall heart function. ...Read more

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Is a root canal safe to do one week before aortic valve replacement? Or better to wait 6 months after surgery?

Is a root canal safe to do one week before aortic valve replacement? Or better to wait 6 months after surgery?

Root Canal Therapy: This should be discussed with your own dentist in consultation with your Cardiologist and not a dentist over the internet who lacks more information than what you posted. Generally speaking if an infection is present this needs to be dealt with prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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What can be done for renal problems after aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery?

What can be done for renal problems after aortic valve replacement and bypass 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

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Complications from having open-heart surgery and getting aortic valve replacement?

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

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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?

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?

Options: You may try discussing this with your surgeon, social services and discharge planning at the hospital where your surgery will be performed, or a visiting nurses association in your local area. You may also try going through local clergy or religious institutions. ...Read more

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Is it normal to take days to wake up after an aortic valve replacement?

Not usually: Most patients emerge from anesthesia hours after surgery unless there are reasons for the team to keep the patient sedated. Neurological complications may need to be sorted out, and should be discussed with the medical team. ...Read more

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How much time roughly does an aortic valve replacement take?

How much time roughly does an aortic valve replacement take?

3-5 hours: Depending on anatomy, extent of calcification, surgeon experience and several other patient related conditions ...Read more

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How much time should one take warfarin after aortic valve replacement tissue valve?

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

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Atenolol makes me tired. I had aortic valve replacement 6 weeks ago. What can I take?

Atenolol makes me tired. I had aortic valve replacement 6 weeks ago. What can I take?

Change dose: You can either change the dosage to a smaller dose and use a different medicine if you have high bp. If you don't have high blood pressure or coronary artery disease you can stop it for a while and see what happens. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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


Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more