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Getting Treatment

Getting Heart Valve Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with heart valve disease, you may need a heart valve repair or replacement procedure for your heart to work properly. Undergoing a heart valve repair or replacement procedure can be a major step toward feeling better.

You may find it helpful to learn more about common procedures and what recovery might be like. Your doctor and medical team are the best source of information, so be sure to ask questions if you do not understand or want to know more. Use checklists from our guides and brochures page to help with your conversation.

Heart valve procedures

If you will be having surgery to repair or replace your heart valve, a nurse, patient advocate or your doctor will discuss the procedure with you. The length of the procedure varies for each patient. Be sure to ask questions if you do not understand what your procedure will involve or if you want to know more.

Learn more about heart valve procedures.

Recovering after a procedure

After undergoing a surgical procedure, you should always follow your doctor’s directions. If you experience signs of infection, heart trouble or depression, contact your doctor right away. Keep all scheduled appointments after your procedure, and share ideas with your family and friends about how they can help you during your recovery.

Learn more about recovering after a procedure.