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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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Can you tell me about surgery for bicuspid aortic valve disease?

No surgery. Bicuspid aorta is not indication for surgery. However, with age, bicuspid aorta may progress to aortic stenosis (when valve opening is severely limited). Surgery for aortic stenosis is performed only when the aortic valve area is severely or critically reduced (and not before). Progression from bicuspid aorta to aortic stenosis may take years or decades (even sometimes never) to take place. Read more...