I am an active 71 year old male. I have vegetation attached to one or both leaflets as a result of recent endocarditis. I also have MVP, although the valve function has not deteriorated as a result of the endocarditis. My cardiologist is concerned that the vegetation can break loose and cause a stroke.
Can a valve with vegetation be repaired or must it be replaced? If there is a choice, are there advantages to one over the other? Who would you recommend in the New York City area if a repair is contemplated?
The valve needs to be replaced because once a valve is infected it is very hard to completely eradicate the
infection. I don't know the surgical situation in NY. You will have to trust the judement of your doctor to refer you
to someone good.
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