What You Can Expect Without the Mitral Valve Replacement

If you are considering mitral valve replacement surgery, you may wonder what you can expect if you decide not to undergo the procedure. While every individual's situation is different, it is possible that you will continue to experience poor health and possibly the loss of your life. Without the mitral valve replacement, half of the patients who develop symptoms of fainting will most likely lose their lives within 3 years.

Even if recommended by your doctor, it is always your choice whether or not to have mitral valve replacement surgery. But it is important to understand the possible consequences of this decision.
 
Without mitral valve replacement surgery, you will remain at risk for the progression of a serious and life-threatening illness. Though no one can truly predict the outcome of your specific situation, it is possible that you will continue to experience poor health and possibly the loss of your life. Without a corrective valve procedure, half of the patients who develop symptoms of fainting will most likely lose their lives within 3 years. And half of the patients who develop a heart condition known as congestive heart failure will most likely lose their lives within 2 years.
 
If your symptoms persist and worsen, the risk of complications associated with having this surgery at a later time rises dramatically. Should this occur, you may no longer be a candidate for surgery.
 
These statistics can be surprising, but remember, everything depends on your particular situation. The final decision to have or not have a mitral valve replacement rests with you, but you should discuss any concerns related to this decision with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can come up with a treatment that is comfortable for you.
 
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