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Aortic Valve Replacement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about aortic valve replacement?

Aortic valve replacement is surgery to put a new aortic valve in your heart. Your aortic valve separates the lower section of your heart from your aorta. The aorta is the large blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to your body. Your aortic valve opens and closes to let blood flow from your heart. When the valve does not work correctly, your heart pumps less blood to your body.

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How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

Treatment options

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What are the risks of aortic valve replacement?

You may bleed more than expected during or after surgery. You may need a blood transfusion or more surgery. After your surgery, you may get an infection or have a stroke. Your new valve may not work, or over time the new valve or area around it may become damaged. The new valve may be too small and worsen your condition. The problem you had before the surgery may come back or may still be there after surgery. You may need to have heart valve surgery again. Your heart may not beat as it should after surgery. You may develop a blood clot. The blood clot can break loose and travel to your lungs. This problem can be life-threatening. You may need to take medicine to prevent blood clots for the rest of your life after your surgery.

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