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Reasons for an Aortic Valve Replacement: An Overview

Based on a person's past medical history, current symptoms, physical exam, and special tests, the doctor may recommend a procedure called an aortic valve replacement.
 
Over time, a defective aortic valve may cause lung, kidney, or even liver problems. The goal of an aortic valve replacement is to remove this diseased or defective aortic valve, which is inside the heart, and replace it with another valve.
 
In most cases, aortic valve replacement surgery can improve the symptoms caused by a defective valve, such as shortness of breath, fainting, fatigue, and swelling in the legs.
 
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