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5 Important Things to Know about Mitral Valve Surgery

The surgery performed to replace or repair your heart’s mitral valve is known as mitral valve surgery. Blood travels from the lungs to the left ventricle of the heart through the left atrium. The movement and flow of the blood between these two chambers of the heart is ensured by the mitral valve. Calcification of the mitral valve makes it hard and it prevents the flow of the blood. The blood tends to flow backwards in case mitral valve is too loose. Both the conditions require mitral valve surgery.

Procedure of Mitral Valve Surgery:

  • First of all, you are given a general anesthesia. After anesthesia, during the surgery, you are placed on a heart-lung machine and a large incision is made on your chest by the doctor.
  • With the use of heart-lung machine the oxygen is added and blood is ci...
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