There are several ways to treat a diseased heart valve – with medication, by repairing it, or by replacing it.
Every patient's condition is unique and each doctor has a unique approach to treatment. Together, you and your doctor will determine if heart valve replacement surgery is the best treatment for your particular condition.
Surgical heart valve replacement is one method used to treat problem valves. This procedure has been performed for several years. Two types of prosthetic (artificial) replacement valves are available for implantation. One is a mechanical valve that is made of durable materials; the other is made of tissue. Tissue valves can be donated human heart valves or they can be made from animal tissue.
Your condition is unique, so the kind of prosthetic valve used will be a decision you and your doctor make together.
Your doctor will get information about your heart valve condition by performing tests which may include any or all of these:
Make sure you get answers to all your questions and that you understand completely why a particular valve was chosen for you.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.