Frequently Asked Heart Valve Questions
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • 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?

  • 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?

 
This information is not a substitute for talking with your doctor.