What Is Heart Valve Replacement? Heart Valve Disease
During a heart valve replacement procedure, the surgeon removes your diseased heart valve and replaces it with what's called a prosthetic or artificial heart valve. This artificial valve works much like a normal heart valve.
An artificial heart valve is either a mechanical or a tissue valve. Mechanical heart valves are made of a strong material such as titanium or carbon. Tissue heart valves are obtained either from human donors or from animal tissue.
After receiving your new heart valve, you will likely begin noticing an immediate improvement in how you feel. Complete recovery may take approximately 6 to 12 weeks. Most heart valve patients resume a normal, healthy lifestyle.
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