Understanding Your Heart Valve Treatment Options

Updated:Aug 26,2015
  
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Good news: recovery statistics are very good for people who receive proper treatment.

Some people live long and full lives with mild valvular problems and never require surgery. But once a heart valve begins to affect the heart’s ability to pump blood, it is likely to require a repair or replacement.

Treatment for valve disease will include a plan to:

  1. Protect your heart from further damage.
  2. Assess your need for medication to help manage symptoms.
  3. Repair the valve problem if needed.
  4. Communicate steps for management, self-care and the importance of follow-up care.

Generally, once it's determined that a diseased heart valve needs treatment, the available choices are valve repair or valve replacement:

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Additional resources:
Print our handy pre-surgery checklist: Facing and Recovering from Major Surgery
Patient guide: Understanding Your Heart Valve Problem

This content was last reviewed on 03/26/14.
  

 

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