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.
Atherosclerosis is sneaky. It's a process that starts early in life, progressing silently. By the time symptoms occur, atherosclerosis is advanced and represents a serious problem.
There are tests for diagnosing atherosclerosis, but none of them are perfect. Some of them even have some risk of harm. So testing isn't as simple as you might think.
If you're concerned about atherosclerosis, what should you do? What can you expect at the doctor's office if you ask about an atherosclerosis diagnosis?...