How long do heart valve replacements last?

Tissue valves can last 10 to 20 years, and usually don’t require the long-term use of medication.

Is a heart valve replacement major surgery?

An aortic valve replacement involves removing a faulty or damaged valve and replacing it with a new valve made from synthetic materials or animal tissue. It’s a major operation that isn’t suitable for everyone and can take a long time to recover from.

What is the most common heart valve replacement?

The aortic valve is the most common valve to be replaced. The mitral valve is the most common valve to be repaired. Only rarely is the tricuspid valve or the pulmonic valve repaired or replaced.

What are the signs of a bad heart valve?

Some physical signs of heart valve disease can include:

  • Chest pain or palpitations (rapid rhythms or skips)
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty catching your breath, fatigue, weakness, or inability to maintain regular activity level.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Swollen ankles, feet or abdomen.

How long do you live after heart valve replacement?

A life-saving alternative to open heart surgery. In America it affects 300,000 people, and many require a heart valve replacement. Left untreated, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis carries a poor prognosis; up to 60 percent of patients will die within 2 years, and fewer than 30 percent will survive 3 years.

What are the dangers of heart valve replacement?

Bleeding during or after treatment or damage to the blood vessels

  • Blood clots that can cause heart attack,stroke,or lung problems
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Infection in the new valve (endocarditis),which is more common with valve replacement
  • Pneumonia
  • Breathing problems
  • Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) or the need for a permanent pacemaker
  • Why do you need a heart valve replacement?

    Aortic valve repair or aortic valve replacement can treat aortic valve disease and help restore normal blood flow, reduce symptoms, prolong life and help preserve the function of your heart muscle. In aortic valve regurgitation, the aortic valve doesn’t close properly, causing blood to leak backward into the left ventricle.

    How much does it cost to repair a heart valve?

    According to cardiac surgeons, there is a particular list price for the valves, and there are hospital-specific prices. It is possible for heart valve replacement to fluctuate by several 1000 dollars. In the end, the average cost of replacement ranges between $5,000 and $7,000.