Stroke During Mitral Valve Replacement

Stroke During Mitral Valve Replacement: An Overview

Strokes are a potential serious complication that may occur during mitral valve replacement surgery. The latest studies show that temporary or permanent strokes during mitral valve replacement occur in approximately 5 out of 100 procedures. Some of these strokes appear to be caused by a piece of plaque (a piece of calcium or a diseased part of the blood vessel or valve) that breaks off and travels through the arteries to the brain. When the piece of plaque blocks a small artery in the brain, it prevents blood and oxygen from reaching that area of the brain. The damage that results from the blockage is called a stroke.
 
Your body can be affected in a variety of ways by a stroke including paralysis, loss of speech, or even loss of life.
 
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