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Is the heart stopped during heart valve replacement?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Yes; the valves of the heart open and close with each heartbeat, so the heart is stopped and a heart-lung or bypass machine is used during the surgical procedure to replace a faulty heart valve. The heart is restarted after the faulty valve is replaced. Watch this animation to learn more about how this procedure is performed.



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