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Heart Valve Replacement

Underlying Problems Requiring a Heart Valve Replacement:
The indications for a heart valve replacement are the same as those for a heart valve repair. If the valve just cannot be repaired effectively, then it may be time to consider the options available to replace it. This type of procedure is generally an option in cases of mitral valve regurgitation, when the mitral valve does not close all the way and allows blood to leak backwards. Heart valve replacement may also be considered if the patient has mitral valve prolapse or valvular stenosis.

Treatment:

When it is not possible to treat conditions like mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve prolapse, and valvualr stenosis through other means, it may be time for the doctor and patient to consider whether or not a heart valve replacement can get the results they need. In this type of procedure, the faulty heart valve is actually removed from the body, and a new one is grafted into its place. The new valve can be a prosthetic one made from metal, or it can be an actual valve from an animal.s heart. Pigs and cows have both been used as donors for heart valve replacement procedures.

In the case of a prosthetic valve, the patient will generally be required to take blood thinning medication for the duration of his or her life. The organic valves harvested from animals do not have the same requirement. On the other hand, valves from animals will wear out more quickly and will likely need to be replaced every ten to fifteen years.

Recovery from a Heart Valve Replacement:

A heart valve replacement surgery will usually require the patient to spend a few post-op days in the intensive care unit. Once monitoring shows he or she is ready, the patient will leave the ICU and spend a few more days in the hospital. Follow-up visits will be required, during which various tests will be performed to gauge the success of the heart valve replacement.

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