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Can you led a normal life after having a heart by pass surgery and an aortic valve replacement?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

As long as you follow instructions carefully and get follow up.
Your new normal should include positive lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor about specific changes. These surgeries were done to improve the quality of your life. Don't waste it sitting around!

In brief: Yes

As long as you follow instructions carefully and get follow up.
Your new normal should include positive lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor about specific changes. These surgeries were done to improve the quality of your life. Don't waste it sitting around!
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Yes

Arnold schwarzenegger had an aortic valve operation and you can see what he can do.
If you have severe aortic stenosis and severe heart failure this operation may save your life but will not perform miracles. You can expect a near normal life if your heart function is near normal and you have a valve operation. The key to success is to replace the valve before your heart is damaged.

In brief: Yes

Arnold schwarzenegger had an aortic valve operation and you can see what he can do.
If you have severe aortic stenosis and severe heart failure this operation may save your life but will not perform miracles. You can expect a near normal life if your heart function is near normal and you have a valve operation. The key to success is to replace the valve before your heart is damaged.
Dr. Brian Mott
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