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My husband was told he had to have heart surgery within 2 months. He has leakage of the mitral and aorta. He is putting it off until he can save some money to pay the bills. He is talking around the end of may or june. The doctor said it was serious bu

Heart . Heart valve disease certainly can be very serious, but what is also important to recognize is that the degree of severity is often over interpreted or mis-diagnosed. Most of these diagnoses are made by echocardiography (ultrasound) and different providers can have different levels of skills in interpretation. By the current care guidelines, we recommend surgery once the leakage (regurgitation) has become severe and the patient is symptomatic or there are other significant changes seen on ultrasound. I would highly recommend seeking a second opinion prior to surgery to ensure that surgery is indeed needed soon or if it can wait. The problem with valve disease is that once it reaches the stage of needing surgery (as long as this is an appropriate recommendation) we know that patients will typically have a fairly progressive decline and there is an increasing risk of death the further out you go. This is why an accurate diagnosis is so very important. I know this must be tough on you both and i hope that you can find a solution that will keep him safe and in your house. Read more...
Okay to wait. Valvular disease will lead to heart failure. Therefore it must be dealt with. It is okay to wait as long as the heart chambers are of normal size, they are not progressively enlarging, and symptoms (usually chest pain, shortness of breath) are stable. If chambers are enlarging (found by echocardiagram) or symptoms are worsening, get the surgery asap. Read more...

I just had open heart surgery, is there a list of food suitable for my case after the operation?

Diet for heart. Your doctor should give you specific instructions on your diet depending on what your situation and illnesses are. Read more...

What are the risks of smoking after an aorta valve heart operation?

Same as before, BAD. The risks of smoking remain the same as before the aortic valve heart operation. Heart attack, stroke, poor circulation, chronic lung disease, osteoporosis and a variety of cancers are related to cigarette smoking. Read more...

What need I do before a heart operation for mitral valve repair?

No infections. Get a dental evaluation, check urine for occult infection, hold off on alcohol, quit smoking. Take your medications prescribed. You should of had a cardiac cath if you are over 40 or have any risks. A good program should prepare you well. Read more...

My mum - age 68, always complains of neck and shoulder pain especially on a cold windy day (this year). She had a heart operation 10 years ago.?

F/u w cardiology. Prior CAD w renewed symptoms in cold/stressful weather should prompt a f/u w cardiology. While it could be respiratory or musculoskeletal, should revisit cardiac history, check exam/ecg and possibly consider a stress test. Read more...

What would doctors do if someone went into cardiac arrest during heart operation?

Happens everyday! It's standard operating procedure in many heart operations for the surgeon to stop or arrest the heart and put the patient temporarily on a heart-lung machine. In fact, if one should suffer an unexpected cardiac arrest, the heart operating room is the very best place in the world for it to happen (since the resuscitation statistics there are stellar.). Read more...
ACLS... If a patient suffers cardiac arrest, cardiac protocols are followed. Treatment includes possibly cpr, shocking the heart depending on the rhythm present and giving medications. If the arrest occurs during open heart surgery, the heart can be manually pumped and directly shocked. Acls, advanced cardiac life support, protocols are followed. Doctors are specifically trained to handle this emergency. Read more...
Do their best. They would do their best to revive the heart and bring it back, using CPR or even shocking. Read more...