David H Sibley, MD
Location and Office HoursCardiology PC
801 Princeton Ave SW
Birmingham, AL 35211
- Princeton Baptist
What are the risks associated with valve disease treatment?
American Heart Association answeredAs with all surgeries, there are inherent risks. You can reduce your risks by choosing a surgeon and surgery center with well-documented experience treating patients with similar conditions as yours. Because every patient’s risk factors are different, your doctor and your hospital personnel will be able to assess your risks and choose the best treatment.
What is a leaky pulmonary valve?
A properly functioning pulmonary valve does not leak much, and it keeps the blood flowing in one direction - from the heart’s lower right pumping chamber (the right ventricle) into the major vessel (pulmonary artery) that connects to the lungs. Defects in the valve, or previous surgical repairs, may cause the valve to leak blood back into the right ventricle.
How do I manage my valvular heart disease on a daily basis?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Making and keeping regular medical appointments, following medical advice, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are all important in successfully managing valvular heart disease. If your condition is mild, going to medical appointments can help prevent your condition from getting worse. Your doctor will monitor you for any new symptoms that develop over time. Taking medication as prescribed, being aware of symptoms that could signal an infection (infective endocarditis), such as fever, chills, and difficulty breathing, and following your doctor's advice concerning exercise will also help. Eating a healthy diet and not smoking are further steps to take in managing valvular heart disease.
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