Heart Valve Replacement Contributions by ColleenO

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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have heart valve replacement, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots formation around the valve, which can cause a stroke , kidney damage, or damage to the extremities
  • New valve does not work properly
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Death

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing heart or lung condition
  • Advanced age
  • Recent or long-term illness
  • Stroke
  • Recent infection

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sudden headache or feeling faint
  • Problems with vision or speaking
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs

In case of an emergency, call 911immediately.

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