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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Replacement (Overview)

The mitral valve is a valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. When the heart squeezes to pump blood to the body, this valve prevents blood from backing up into the lungs. When this valve is malfunctioning, surgeons can either repair or replace the valve. The valve can be replaced with either a mechanical or a tissue valve. This is called mitral valve replacement or repair.


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Mitral valve replacement how safe it is?

Mitral valve replacement how safe it is?

It depends: The risk of mitral valve replacement varies with a lot of things. Age, general condition, previous surgery, and medical problems have an impact. Also the overall function of the heart and other heart problems, as well as the acuity of the procedure (elective, urgent, emergent). See a doctor for details. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Replacement (Overview)

The mitral valve is a valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. When the heart squeezes to pump blood to the body, this valve prevents blood from backing up into the lungs. When this valve is malfunctioning, surgeons can either repair or replace the valve. The valve can be replaced with either a mechanical or a tissue valve. This is called mitral valve replacement or repair.


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What is the durability of a mitral valve replacement?

Depends: : Biologic: 10- 20 years and can be re-replaced if thickens or leaks. Mechanical long time but with full anticoagulation for most all! ...Read more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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How long of a procedure is a mitral valve replacement?

4 hours: The surgery might take approximately 4 hours. You would expect to spend, on average, 5 days in the hospital. Complete recovery takes approximately 2 months. If the repair is done in a minimally invasive fashion, the hospital stay might be 3-4 days and full recovery might take only one month. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mitral valve replacement?

See below: The mitral valve is a valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. When the heart squeezes to pump blood to the body, this valve prevents blood from backing up into the lungs. When this valve is malfunctioning, surgeons can either repair or replace the valve. The valve can be replaced with either a mechanical or a tissue valve. This is called mitral valve replacement or repair. ...Read more

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I had mitral valve replacement my diastolic BP is 40 is it an emergency?

Talk to you Dr: Really too little information. By itself a diastolic (lower number) pressure of 40 is not dangerous. Many times it's just an inaccurate reading. But even if real that alone is not concerning. But by the way your question is worded there maybe other things going on. If you are worried call your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. I am 60 year old with a mitral valve replacement around one year back. I had struck valve four times. For past two days i have visible pulsations?

Valve relpacement: You need to follow with your cardiologist. You might need an echo to look for valve dysfunction. Visible pulsation on the chest at the apex of heart could be normal in a thin person. If you have any accompanying symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness or chest pain, you need to see a cardiologist ASAP ...Read more

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Is bicuspid aortiic valve replacement like mitral valve replacement?

NO.: Aortic valve replacement in a patient with a bicuspid aortic valve may require repair of an ascending aortic aneurysm if present. Although valves are sewn in place the same, the location is totally different with particular anatomic differences. The mitral closes in systole and the aortic valve in diastole. For the mitral need to actually open the heart. For the aortic its done thru the aorta. ...Read more

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My mom just had mitral valve replacement, and its been three days she hadn't fully awakened from anesthia. Why ?

My mom just had mitral valve replacement, and its been three days she hadn't fully awakened from anesthia. Why ?

See below: You need to have a talk with your surgeons. Some people are very sensitive to anesthetic agents and take a long time waking up, but three days is unusual. The surgery team could be keeping your mother sedated with other medications, or other issues could be going on. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do docs do mitral valve replacement surgery?

Straight forward: If on echo and cardiac cath. Valve path.Requires replacement. Cardiopulmonary bypass is instituted, the heart is stopped, the left atrium opened, the valve is excised, new valve is sown in place with multiple sutures. Efforts to preserve the chordae tendineae is desired if possible as this is good for the long term.Left atrium deaired, closed, heart restarted, chest closed.Temp.Pacingleadsusually. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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