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Mechanical Mitral Valve
I have been told that I have severe sleep apnea exactly what is this and what is next? I Have a pacemaker and mechanical mitral valve, any connection?
OSA: Kitty - it sounds like you have had a sleep study or "polysomnography?" The next best option is to speak with your doctor about options to treat OSA - there are various modalities to help you live a life with more restful sleep. There is not a connection between OSA and your mitral valve. IF you would like to talk more visit me at https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12663165-dr-patrick-kohlitz ...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
Ekg graph is different to normal people. Graph is consistent from last 5 years. Had a mechanical mitral valve replacement 6 yrs ago. Echo shows normal?
Can I get a tattoo after a mechanical mitral valve replacement and now on Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinners)?
No: You should be on antibiotics in advance to minimize chance of infection. You also are going to bleed because of the coumadin (warfarin). I doubt your cardiologist will stop Coumadin (warfarin) for a tattoo.If you decide to do this there may be bleeding in the skin which will affect the appearance of the tattoo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the success ratio of mitral valve(mechanical) replacement for longer life, if the medication is properly monitored?
It varies: There is a study that looked at patients with single mechanical heart valve replacement for a period of 25 years with a saint jude valve. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15734375. ...Read more
Depends: The type of valve chosen depends on many factors ; age, other medical problems the type of valve disease, regurgitation/stenosis or some combination as well as pt preference. Pt . Preference is important when it come to anticoagulation long term after valve surgery with a mechanical valve. If anticoagulation is not feasible or the pt does not want it then a bovine or tissue valve is the way togo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife had heart surg 6 years ago at age 21 for replacement of mitral valve(mechanical). She maintains proper inr. Any clinical significance needed?
Unfortunately: Unfortunately without knowing the type of valve, and the full medical and medication history many of us here will be hesitant to make any comments. I would assume her cardiologist or heart surgeon has her on a strict program of diet and exercise and medications. They surely will also have her on a schedule for routine monitoring visits. ...Read more
But I have open heart surgery already and i need to have a baby, they replace the mechanical valve with a mitral valve, and so i need to know if i can?
See a doctor: Pregnancy after heart surgery is possible, but can be risky depending on the operation and the patient. Bioprosthetic valves and valve repairs do not preclude the possibility of pregnancy. Mechanical valves are especially risky because of the risk of clotting and the risks to the baby related to the blood thinning medications. Consultation with a physician is important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No different: It's no differenct than someone whose mitral valve hasn't been replaced. If you need something to be done and your general health is otherwise okay, it should be done. Naturally, one would prefer to avoid a second open chest surgery, so percutaneous approaches are first considerations, but redos are possible. ...Read more
One of 4 heart valve: The mitral valve is one of the 4 heart valves found in the heart. These valves keep blood moving one direction rather than back and forth as the heart contracts. The mitral valve is so named as it looks like the pope's hat (a mitre). The mitral valve separates the left atrium and the left ventricle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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