When Should a Leaky Heart Valve be Repaired or Replaced?

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Last week we hosted a web chat on heart valve disease.  During the chat, Dr. Thomas answered one of the most commonly asked questions by his patients:  When should a leaky aortic or mitral valve be replaced?

See more questions and answers by cardiologist Dr. Thomas and heart surgeon Dr. Soltesz at the heart valve disease web chat transcript.

  • Kelly Luke

    I always ate butter. Makes sense, it’s real. Tastes better. I like salt. Red meat doesn’t always agree with me, same with too much dairy. Sad, I love ice cream. I didn’t always listen to the latest scientific findings. I use MY common sense. Which is not always reliable. So I investigate when I need to.

  • Alba Leclerc

    In other words… eat Italian, not Itamerican.

  • SloopJB

    This fixation on cholesterol is quite antiquated, get with the program Cleveland!
    Cutting carbs sorts it all out, fat (incl saturated fat) is good. Do it radically and you lose lots of weight too, then ease off once you’ve reached your desired weight.