Understanding Your Heart Valve Treatment Options

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Good news: recovery statistics are very good for people who receive proper treatment.

Some people live long and full lives with mild valvular problems and never require surgery. But once a heart valve begins to affect the heart’s ability to pump blood, it is likely to require a repair or replacement.

Treatment for valve disease will include a plan to:

  1. Protect your heart from further damage.
  2. Assess your need for medication to help manage symptoms.
  3. Repair the valve problem if needed.
  4. Communicate steps for management, self-care and the importance of follow-up care.

Generally, once it's determined that a diseased heart valve needs treatment, the available choices are valve repair or valve replacement:

Understanding your heart valve problem: Which solution may be right for you?

Walk through a step-by-step interactive guide explaining your valve issue and treatment options with helpful videos, text summaries and links along the way.

Additional resources:

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Print our handy pre-surgery checklist: Facing and Recovering from Major Surgery (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

Patient guide: Understanding Your Heart Valve Problem (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

Four Basic Treatment Options for Heart Valve Patients
Your Heart Surgery: Rehab and Recovery
Your Heart Surgery: Realization and Repair


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The Edwards Lifesciences Foundation sponsors the AHA’s Heart Valve Education Center and Ambassador Program: Heart Valve Disease.