My 86 years old mother-in has one of the worst cases of calcium buildup on a heart valve he as ever seen since he has been practicing medicine. It is so bad it has goon further than the valve area and has gone into the heart muscle.
The doctor says the valve can not be replaced because the tissue he would use to attach the new valve is calcified. A close friend recommended that I get in touch with a Doctor Cosgrove from the Cleveland clinic . When you have a calcium deposit of this magnitude are there any procedures out there avialable
Unfortunately, a calcified valve is almost impossible to get out when doing open heart surgery. With her age, open heart surgery would be so extremely difficult and she may go into cardiac shock afterwards which is when all organs shut down. My mom's surgeon who was the best at replacing valves, could not get my mom's aorta valve out due to calcification. She went into cardiac shock afterwards, lost almost all her blood, and all her organs shut down. She suffered tremendously for 19 days. She was only 70. The calcification cements the valve in and there is no way to get it out or fix it. My mom's doctor bill was half a million, so they did everything that they could for her. Enjoy the time that you have with her. Take care.
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