What happens if my surgical heart valve fails?

During your routine checkups with your cardiologist, you will likely have an echocardiogram and complete other tests to make sure your valve and heart are still working properly. If your cardiologist determines that your valve is no longer working the way it should, your doctor will determine next steps and decide if you need an evaluation for reintervention. If it is determined that another procedure is needed to fix your failing surgical heart valve, you could be eligible to get a transcatheter heart valve placed into your failed surgical valve. This procedure is known as valve-in-valve and is currently approved for patients who are deemed high risk for another open heart surgery.

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