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Heart valve mv repair cath test on friday / no blockages in arteries no stents used ! heart beat was atrial fibrillation. On friday after. / need to get pradaxa. ! have not sense was discharged on saturday. Am i in any danger ! blood clots / platelets

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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It is normal to have feelings of anxiety prior to having a major surgey like mv repair. A minimally invasive heart surgery has not been created.
A mitral valve repair requires the surgeon to work within the chambers of the heart, so opening the chest cavity is essential to access these valves. During the surgery, the heart must be stopped and blood is bypassed to an external medical device so that blood can be delivered to the body. Pradaxa is a medication that is used to control the presence of and formation of blood clots. Being on a blood thinner is essential as you are in atrial fibrillation which can precipitate blood clots. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. You will learn that the pros of undergoing this surgery will out weigh the cons and improve the quality of your life. Your concerns are normal and anxiety is to be expected. Talk to your doctor and feel free to check on his background perhaps using avvo.Com.

In brief: It

It is normal to have feelings of anxiety prior to having a major surgey like mv repair. A minimally invasive heart surgery has not been created.
A mitral valve repair requires the surgeon to work within the chambers of the heart, so opening the chest cavity is essential to access these valves. During the surgery, the heart must be stopped and blood is bypassed to an external medical device so that blood can be delivered to the body. Pradaxa is a medication that is used to control the presence of and formation of blood clots. Being on a blood thinner is essential as you are in atrial fibrillation which can precipitate blood clots. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. You will learn that the pros of undergoing this surgery will out weigh the cons and improve the quality of your life. Your concerns are normal and anxiety is to be expected. Talk to your doctor and feel free to check on his background perhaps using avvo.Com.
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