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

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.

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...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.

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

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.

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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.

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What is the effect of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement?

What is the effect of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement?

Pacemaker and AVR: After an aortic valve replacement the pacemaker works the same way to keep the heart from going too slow. Sometimes with aortic valve disease the conduction system gets damaged because it is close to the valve, and the patient needs a pacemaker.

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Can you ride rollar coasters with a pacemaker and having aortic valve replacement?

Yes: Valve should not be an issue. The pacemaker, depending on settings, could detect the shake as arrythmia? Ask your doc to be sure of settings, and any defibrillator capacity. One may have a very good natural rhythym, and the pacemaker is backup-used infrequently more details from your doc and the device will help you!

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My dad is 70. He just had aortic valve replacement. Does he need a permenant pacemaker?

My dad is 70. He just had aortic valve replacement. Does he need a permenant pacemaker?

Need for pacer?: Assuming your father had aortic stenosis, the need for a valve replacement is totally separate from any need for a pacemaker. A pacemaker's function is usually to allow a control of the heart rhythm in the case of the heart's normal rhythm being abnormal or undependable. Most rhythm problems respond to oral medication but some require a pacemaker. Valve disease is usually a separate issue.

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Suvival rate for 47 Yr F with hx of STEMI in LAD, 6 stents, SSS, pacemaker (20% dependent), aortic valve replacement, non-semi, and occluded by pass?

Suvival rate for 47 Yr F with hx of STEMI in LAD, 6 stents, SSS, pacemaker (20% dependent), aortic valve replacement, non-semi, and occluded by pass?

Depends: Much depends upon the status of her heart muscle health as determined by an echocardiogram or gated blood pool scan. If her left ventricle has good strength (normal ejection fraction)and no evidence of past or present congestive heart failure, I believe survival odds can be good barring any further heart attacks which will cause myocardial damage.

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

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.

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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.

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I just had a aortic valve replacement surgery and it was replaced with a cow valve. Am I going to be okay in the future?

I just had a 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 blood thinners, but are only expected to last about 10 years, so re-operation may be needed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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