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.
Cardiac surgeons at Cleveland Clinic are treating diseases of the heart valves with a variety of techniques that have shortened recovery times, reduced complications and increased patient safety.
“My 27-year-old patient was on a ventilator in intensive care. No one expected her to survive,” says Gösta Pettersson, MD, PhD, Vice Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. “She had endocarditis — caused by years of drug abuse.” Endocarditis is an infection that “devours” the heart muscle. It comes from common bacteria, … Read More
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Some people beat cancer, only to learn that the powerful chemotherapy drugs or radiation treatments that saved their life caused lasting damage to their heart. Why you need a cardio-oncologist if you have cancer The anthracyclines—doxorubicin in particular—are among the most common cardiotoxic chemotherapy agents. Cumulative doses can cause heart failure or cardiomyopathy any time … Read More