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Life After Heart Valve Surgery

Heart Valve Disease

You don't recover from heart surgery overnight, but you may be amazed by how quickly you feel better, return home, and start pursuing favorite activities. Checkups and monitoring will be part of your recovery. And you may also decide to make other lifestyle changes to improve your overall health.

After Surgery

When the surgery to repair or replace your heart valve has been completed, your heart will be beating on its own and all incisions will be sewn or stapled closed.

Right after your operation, you'll feel drowsy and you'll spend the next few hours in the intensive care unit (ICU), where you will be closely monitored to make sure there are no complications.

After that, you'll be moved to another room where your family and friends will be able to visit you.

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Daily Living

You'll likely begin to feel better almost right away. Your condition will improve gradually, and you'll notice that each day you'll feel a little bit better. However, you'll have to make some lifestyle adjustments to get the most out of your new or repaired heart valve.

There are precautions you should take to make sure your heart valve disease does not return. Make sure to visit your doctor for follow-up care. He or she will give you instructions on how and when to take your medicine and about activities you can do and which ones to avoid.

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