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Doctor insights on: Where Can I Find A List Of Surgeons Who Specialize In Aortic Valve Replacement

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Do certain surgeons specialize in aortic valve replacement?

In general, No. : All cardiovascular surgeons are trained to replace the aortic valve during their residency or fellowship training programs. But, not all of them are proficient nor have the expertise. This depends on the number of aortic valve replacements done by a particular cv surgeon. One may rightly though rarely be classified as a specialist if the experience is limited to aortic valve replacement. ...Read more

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Aortic valve replacement done with pig or fake one?

AVR: Aortic valves can be replaced with either mechanical valves or bio prosthetic, taken from animals and treated to prevent rejection. There are different reasons for choosing either valve such as age and treatment with anticoagulants. Individuals who do not wish to be on meds such as Coumadin (warfarin) may have a bioprosthetic valve, however, younger individuals usually have mechanical valves. ...Read more

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How much time roughly does a aortic valve replacement take?

How much time roughly does a 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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Could you tell me what happens before, during, and after an aortic valve replacement?

Could you tell me what happens before, during, and after an aortic valve replacement?

Gradual Decline: In function, increased fatigue, worsening valve gradient and valve area. Symptoms of angina, syncope, heart failure depending on stenosis or regurgitation. Open heart operation with valve replacement with biologic(bovine or pig) tissue valve, or mechanical valve. Recovery 5-7 days then home to cardiac rehab and further recovery anticoagulation fr 3 months. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will my energy level go up after I had an aortic valve replacement?

Possibly: If your heart is unable to pump out sufficient volumes of blood, having the valve replacement should improve that, and that should relieve at least some fatigue. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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