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Will My Energy Level Go Up After I Had An Aortic Valve Replacement
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
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Keep reading...: You need preop angiogram to see if there's blocked coronary arteries that should be bypassed at the time of surgery, unless you're under 40 (50 for females) with no major risk factors. During surgery, heart is stopped from beating, while a machine ("pump") circulates blood through the body; this allows surgeon easy access. Postop recovery is usually 1 week in hospital, 2 weeks in cardiac rehab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
What is "normal"?: A patient will undergo that procedure if it will save him or her or at least improve quality of life. If the procedure will keep a patient from going in and out of heart failure or allow him to at least perform reasonable functions in life, it is probably worth having done. Will someone run a marathon, probably not, but even so--i'll bet that there has been at least one or two who have done so. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surgical procedure : Aortic valve replacement is a surgical operation where the heart is stopped while the body is on cardiopulmonary bypass machine. The diseased valve is cut out and a new prosthetic valve from a pig or cow or a mechanical valve is sewn in. The operation takes 3-4 hours to complete and you can stay in hospital for 4-7 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reasonably safe: Generally aortic valve replacement is a reasonably safe procedure. The operative risks however depends on the overall condition of the heart, age, presence or absence of other problems such as lung and kidney disease and the overall physical strength of the patient. In most cases the surgical risk should be less than 5% chance of a bad outcome. ...Read more
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
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