Once you have an artificial valve, your heart function and your life
should improve. You should feel better than before you had the surgery if your
condition was symptomatic; you should no longer experience shortness of breath
and fatigue, for example. However, it is important to keep in mind that an
artificial valve will not work as well as an undamaged natural valve, so that
even though your heart function is improved it may not recover to completely
normal levels. If your heart was already severely affected before your surgery,
you may continue to experience complications of heart disease.
You should be able to resume most of your normal activities, although
you will have to continue to monitor your condition. You need to watch out for
blood clots and infections.
Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidant properties, protecting the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes, but other sources include peanuts and berries.
Because resveratrol is thought to have so many health benefits, it's not surprising that a number of manufacturers have tried to capitalize by selling...