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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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Dr. James Krick
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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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How long of a procedure is a mitral valve replacement?

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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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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I am a 58 years old male. I had a bypass surgery and a mitral valve replacement in feb'12. Since a few days, I am noticing a very slight breathlessness. Why?

I am a 58 years old male. I had a bypass surgery and a mitral valve replacement in feb'12. Since a few days, I am noticing a very slight breathlessness. Why?

Many possibilities: It could be as simple as a cold, or you may be in heart failure - or many things in between. You should see your cardiologist to follow up an address this problem. The internet is not the best place to get answers - always remember to talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Cough in nigh time from last 10 days. No fever or cold. Taking lemon, honey not cured yet. Had a mitral valve replacement 7years ago. Any suggestions?

Cough in nigh time from last 10 days. No fever or cold. Taking lemon, honey not cured yet. Had a mitral valve replacement 7years ago. Any suggestions?

Should be evaluated: Night-time cough may suggest viral illness or postnasal drip = common cause. Asthma/allergy sxs also produce night-time cough. However, with history of mitral valve surgery, must consider cardiac causes. Mitral valve disease--tightness or leakage can develop, esp. If any issue with anticoagulation--could cause cough or shortness of breath at night. Should check in with your pcp or cardiologist. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Replacement (Definition)

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 ...Read more