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.