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What happens during traditional heart valve surgery?

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You’ll get medicine to help you sleep, and a surgeon will make a cut down the center of your sternum (also called your breastbone) so he can reach your heart. He’ll then repair or replace the heart valves that need it.

From: Treatment for Heart Valve Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

National Institutes of Health. 

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?”’

American Heart Association: “Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

Mayo Clinic: "Valvuloplasty."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

National Institutes of Health. 

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?”’

American Heart Association: “Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

Mayo Clinic: "Valvuloplasty."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

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