One treatment option for heart valve disease may be to implant a small annuloplasty ring or band from Medtronic to reshape the valve. Or, your doctor may decide to replace the valve entirely with an artificial one. Either option gives you confidence to once again find pleasure in your favourite pursuits.
When a heart valve is unable to work normally, the heart itself cannot function as it should. In some cases, the heart valve can be repaired. Sometimes, however, it must be replaced.
Annuloplasty rings and bands are used to provide shape and stability to the base, or annulus, of your heart valve. Prosthetic or artificial heart valves are either mechanical or tissue.
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After your diseased heart valve is repaired or replaced, you should begin to feel better almost immediately. Keep in mind, though, that the healing process can take time. As with all surgery, heart valve repair or replacement carries some risks.
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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.