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Artificial Heart Valve

I'm a 41 year old male that has a artificial heart valve in the aortic position that was put in me in May of 97.  My question is my wife and I are adopting a baby girl from China and we will travel their to pick her up, what should I watch out for as far as inoculations and taking medications associated with that trip? Is there anything that I should avoid or watch out for?
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Dear Benny,
In general there are no contraindications to any vaccinations or travel related drugs for individuals with artificial heart valves.  Enjoy your trip and congratulations on the baby!
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My brother had bypass surgery this past december, one month later, his bypasses are blocked by scarring at the suture site.
The doctors have suggested a surgery with a laser, actually making holes in the heart to promote accessory circulation.  Has anyone heard of this surgery? It is being suggested by two reputable cardiac surgeons.  Thank you,  barbara
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