Mitral Valve Replacement
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Mitral Valve Replacement Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

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

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the heart or other organs
  • Reaction to anesthesia

The demands of open heart surgery are severe. The better your general health, the less likely you will experience a complication. Some of the risk factors that must be evaluated before you undergo this procedure include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Cancer

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 any discharge from the incision site
  • Constipation , diarrhea , bloody or tarry-color bowel movements, or stomach pain
  • Weight gain (greater than two pounds in two days)
  • Worsening of ankle swelling
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Skin rash, or unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Confusion
  • Dizzy or lightheaded when standing
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Irregular heartbeat, extremely slow pulse, or fast pulse
  • Burning during urination

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



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