You seem to be accessing the site outside of your preferred location. To to make this your preferred location, check the box below.

Living With Your Treatment

Living With Your New Heart Valve

Having valve replacement surgery does not mean that you must live a sedentary lifestyle. Many people who receive heart valves are able to lead more active and fulfilling lives than they did before surgery.

Getting back to normal is a different process for everyone. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions as you begin life after surgery. One way you can take care of yourself is to stay informed about what living with your heart valve can involve.

Feeling well long-term

Eating well, getting and staying active and fostering healthy relationships are key ingredients to successful treatment and recovery.

Learn more about feeling well long-term.

Anticoagulation medication

If you received a mechanical heart valve, you will need to take anticoagulation medication. It is in your best interest to understand this medication and to know why it is important to work with your medical team to manage it.

Learn more about anticoagulation medication.


Traveling with your new heart valve can be safe. Consult with your doctor and take a few simple but important precautions before you go. 

Learn more about traveling with your heart valve.

MRI testing

If you are told you need to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, tell your doctor you have an artificial heart valve.

Learn more about MRI testing.

Getting a replacement heart valve

Your new heart valve is designed to support your heart’s function for many years, but there are some reasons you might need to get a replacement valve.

Learn more about getting a replacement heart valve.

Patient stories

Others like you have received heart valves and gone on to live healthy and rewarding lives.

Read patient stories.