This is regarding my mother. She had a heart attack in July, 1988, and has been on medication. Since about 2002 she has had some degree of heart failure, taking diuretics for about the last five years, I guess. She takes plavix, covederil, lipitor, a loop diuretic (don't know which) and another (blood thinner?) plus childrens aspirin. She recently had a stent placed in. A doctor said one of her valves is not healthy. What are the possibilities to do a valve surgery. I read about Barbara Bush, at 83, having this done last year in a Houston hospital. Are all valves repairable by the mechanical method? If you need any other specific information, let me know and I would try to get it. I just want to educate myself about this. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
"What are the possibilities to do a valve surgery?"
In general-only here, even though heart surgery, or non-surgical catheter-based procedures carries risks (and the possibility of complications, some unforeseen), and is considerably riskier in the older crowd, it is reported that more individuals in the early/mid-to-late 80s, and even well into the 90s, are undergoing procedures, such as heart valve repair or replacement (first time or re-op), thanks to the advancements made in this area, and of course, some highly-skilled doctors.
Today, as applicable, some individuals who are deemed high-risk, or even inoperable, may be considered (by some doctors) a candidate for an experimental, non-surgical procedure that replaces a heart valve (ReValving) without removing the native valve, namely percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR), implanting a new aortic bioprosthesis right over the diseased heart valve.
Outcomes in general can not be predicted though, and pre-existing medical conditions (cardiac or otherwise), negative factors, and especially comorbidities (medical conditions known to increase the risk of death in addition to the most significant condition that causes an individual's stay in the hospital), as well one's general overall health are taken into consideration.
Most important, communicate well with her doctors at ALL times. The very best of luck to your 83-years-young mother down the road of life.
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