Frequently Asked Heart Valve Questions
text
  
Heart anatomy
Heart valves
Valve diseases
Disease diagnosis
Your medical team
FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
click to see answers

View All
  • What is a heart valve?
  • When do the heart valves open and close?
  • How often do my heart valves open and close?
  • How big are my heart valves?
  • What causes valvular heart disease?
  • How is valvular heart disease treated?
  • What are my surgical options?
  • How is minimal incision valve surgery performed?
  • How can my heart valve be repaired?
  • How can my heart valve be replaced?
  • Are there any complications or other risks with heart valve surgery that I should know about?
  • How long does an artificial heart valve last?
  • Should I have a mechanical valve or a tissue valve?
  • Bovine or porcine tissue?
  • Should I expect an immediate improvement in my health following heart valve repair or replacement surgery?
  • How long after heart valve repair or replacement surgery can I resume “normal” levels of activity?
  • Will I need to take any medications following my heart valve repair or replacement surgery?
  • What do I need to know if I am required to take blood thinners after my surgery?
  • How do I take care of my valve?
  • Will my prosthetic heart valve or heart valve repair ring cause a metal detector at the airport to go off?
  • How can I get a patient identification card?
  • Can I have an MRI with my heart valve or annuloplasty ring?
 
This information is not a substitute for talking with your doctor.