My husband has Aortic Valve Stenosis and has been told he needs to have his Valve replaced soon. He has also had coarcation of the aorta repaired in 1965. We went to Shands in Gainesville Fl yesterday to see a specalist, and he said that the coarcation should not be a problem, and that the presure should even out after the surgey. My question is has anyone there ever done a valve replacement after a coarcation and what other questions should we be asking?
It is quite common for patients with aortic coarctation to eventually need surgery for a diseased aortic valve, as the two conditions often coexist. This should not pose any particular problem which your surgeon would not be aware of. Interestingly, high blood pressure persists many times even after repair of coarctation.
I had coarctation back in 1974 and last month had my aorta replaced with a mechanical valve. I am 35 years old. The valve replacement went well, however I did have some fluid build up on the heart sack which they had to drain out, but that was a fairly simple procedure. The fluid build up is not uncommon with the use of blood thinners and surgery; especially with patients at my age.
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