Is the aortic valve operation dangerous?

Major surgery. It's a major operation. Survival is >98% in most series. Other premorbid medical conditions like previous stroke, COPD or kidney disease increases the risk. General good health and younger age lower the risk.
It depends. A heart valve operation, like any procedure has risks and benefits. The task is to determine the risk vs. Benefit of the said procedure and proceed with the proper action. So, while a heart valve operation may have some risk associated with it, leaving a patient in need of the said operation maybe the less safe thing to do. Your cardiologist and ct surgeon would be the best judges of this.

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Is normal have supraventricular extrasystols after aortic valve surgery? Can be dangerous?

Yes, and No. It's extremely common and generally goes away as the heart heals. Remember, you've got stitches right in the heart muscle for goodness sakes - a little irritation is expected. Assuming they go away (and in most cases even if they don't) the extrasystoles don't impact your lifespan and don't pose a danger to your health, though i'll admit they can be a bit of a nuisance. Read more...

Can you be too old to have aortic valve surgery?

It depends. The most common aortic valve problem is aortic stenosis and it most commonly occurs in people in their 70's or older. Thus it is a condition of the elderly and when it is severe, the only solution is surgical aortic valve replacement. There is no absolute age cutoff for considering surgery but the overall health of the person has to be considered and the older one is, the riskier the surgery is. Read more...
Other options. Non-surgical aortic valve implantation is (as of july 2011) still an experimental but promising option. The cedars-sinai heart institute had the largest number of patients in the us undergo this new technique with very encouraging results. As more experience with the technique builds, it might allow older and sicker patients to be helped who previously were not candidates for surgery. Read more...

What patients are too old to have aortic valve surgery?

Aortic Valve. Age is only one aspect when determining if someone can safely have aortic valve replacement. Other factors than age include overall condition, lung function, presence of other problems (diabetes, copd, kidney function/failure, dialysis, bleeding, anemia, heart function/failure). Age in general increases risk across the board. Read more...
Depends. It depends more on the patients underlying health rather than age. There are 60 year olds who will do poorly and 80 year olds who do well. It depends on the individual. Read more...

How do I prepare for aortic valve repair surgery?

Follow instructions. Your doctor and office staff will give you specific instructions about which medications to take on the day of surgery. Usually, patients are instructed to continue blood pressure medications on the usual schedule. If you are on aspirin, ask if you need to stop taking it. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight other than a sip of water for taking your medications. Take a morning shower. Read more...

What is surgery like for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

Valve Replacement. If you have a bicuspid aortic valve (normally there are 3 leaflets, but in this case 2 are fused together from birth) the valve often develops either leakiness/ regurgitation or stiffness / stenosis. The treatment is open heart surgery with valve replacement. This could be either a tissue valve or a mechanical valve. Check with your doctor for advice. Read more...