Answer: If my Doctor was more honest with me about the after effects of this surgery I would have gone for a third or even fourth opnion. He gauranteed twenty years extra to my life, but I feel older and more useless now than before my Aortic Valve Replacement.I was diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis in February of 2003 (age 34), I had to go for surgery in March 2003. I did not have time to even blink or think about this as the calcification of the heart valve was so severe my doctor wanted to operate the day after he saw the results. Up to that time I did not even feel ill, the only reason I ended up with the cardiologist was due to the heart murmur picked up by my house doctor after a bout of flu. It was a major adjustment and I had to reinvent the wheel around my family and work to fit this op into my schedule.But to get back to the question of how I feel after the op? Well there is alot of things I cannot do now but had no problem doing it before and a silly example if working with hands above my head, e.g. packing cupboards etc. I am out of breath more easily than I was before. I cannot play squash or tennis without feeling like I am going to die. I was very active before the op, but no more. My lifestyle was not that extreme before the op (parties etc) but even less now. I perspire like a running tap permanantly and generally feel up to crap. Going for INR tests every two and having needles stuck in your arm is also not fun anymore.Generally if there is an alternative to replacement especially mechanical then please find out more about it.I feel like an old women and and have just turned 40.
Answer: bicuspid valve--> left ventricle of heart--> aortic valve--> ascending aorta--> aortic arch--> thoracic aorta--> abdominal aorta--> right common iliac artery and /or left common iliac artery (abdominal aorta splits to form right and left common iliac arteries, adjust for which http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Trace_blood_flow_from_bicuspid_valve_to_the_tricuspid_valve_by_way_of_the_toe# you follow) --> right external iliac artery --> right femoral artery --> right popliteal artery--> right anterior tibial artery--> right dorsal pedis artery--> right arcuate artery--> right dorsal metatarsal artery--> right dorsal digital artery--> arteriole--> capillary--> venule--> right dorsal digital vein--> right dorsal metatarsal vein--> right dorsal venous arch--> right great saphenous vein--> right femoral vein--> right external iliac vein--> right common iliac vein--> Inferior vena cava--> right atrium of the heart--> tricuspid valve
Answer: The three main branches at the top of the aortic arch are thebrachiocephalic artery, left common carotid artery, and leftsubclavian artery. The brachiocephalic artery supplies blood to theright arm and the right side of the head and neck. While the leftcommon carotid artery supplies blood to the left side of the headand neck, the left subclavian artery is responsible for bloodsupply to the left arm.
Answer: There are 4 chambers in the heart: right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle, and left ventricle. All four chambers are separate. I believe the name of the structure which separated the left atrium from the right atrium is the septae.
The aortic semilunar valve prevents blood from reentering the?
Answer: A leaking aortic valve means that when your hears pumps blood through the valve, that the valve does not close of properly when it should. This causes your heart to have to work harder because some of the blood it pumps leaks back into the heart and needs to be pumped out again.
Answer: If the aortic valve problem is causing symptoms replacing it can almost immediately improve heart function and the ability to exert yourself. It can also reduce the need for medications, especially diuretics. However, there is a 3-5% operative mortality rate and a complication rate of 2-3% per year which sometimes requires re-operation. There is a 1% death rate per year after the surgery that is directly attributable to the implant.
Without the surgery the mortality rate of even severe aortic stenosis is less than 1% if no symptoms are present. However, the mortality rate goes up to 25% per year in patients with symptoms. For this reason, the surgery is felt to be clearly beneficial in symptomatic patients but controversial in asymptomatic patients (even with "severe" stenosis by echocardiographic criteria).
Answer: over the right sternal border and the second intercostal space(n.b. it seems paradoxical from the anatomy of the heart, where the aortic valve comes out from the left ventrical, but think of it as the aorta come out of the ventricle, it actually crosses over a bit to the right so it can form the arch of aorta