Complications With Cardiac Valve Replacement Surgery

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Valve replacement; Valve repair; Heart valve prosthesis


Expectations after surgery

The success rate of heart valve surgery is high. The operation can relieve your symptoms and prolong your life.

The death rate averages 2% to 5%, depending on the heart valve. About 2 of every 3 patients who received an artificial mitral valve are still alive 9 years after the surgery.

The clicking of the mechanical heart valve may be heard in the chest. This is normal.

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