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

Heart Valve Replacement Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth, ColleenO.

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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