Though antibiotics used to be widely recommended for people with heart valve disease before a dental procedure, newer guidelines reserve that recommendation for only people most at-risk for infective endocarditis.
Your heart is a powerful pump. Disease can result in plumbing, wiring, structure and/or muscle problems. Our experts explain the four major types of heart disease and how they are treated.
Leaking or narrowing of valves present problems for your heart. Find out what your surgeon will consider when deciding whether a heart valve repair or replacement is best for you.
A repaired or replaced valve may imitate a healthy, surgically untouched valve. However, it simply is not the same. For your long-term health, you should visit your cardiologist regularly.
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Many older patients with heavy calcium deposits on their heart’s aortic valve (a condition called aortic stenosis, or AS) are considered too high risk for valve replacement surgery. Today, these patients have an option in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a method of inserting a new aortic valve within a damaged valve through … Read More
Patients with valvular heart disease should receive treatment that’s individualized for the best chance to achieve improved heart function and a better quality of life, says newly released treatment and classification guidelines. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association recently issued the new guidelines. The guidelines help doctors decide what treatments are best … Read More