Heart valve replacement surgery becomes necessary if a patient experiences valve stenosis (narrowing) or valve regurgitation (leaking). The kind of surgery required depends on the patient’s condition and which of the four valves may be affected: aortic, mitral, tricuspid or pulmonary.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the aortic valve and the mitral valve are the most commonly replaced valves in adults. It is typically performed as an open-heart procedure.
Surgical options for heart valve replacement include:
- Mechanical valve — a long-lasting valve made of durable materials
- TAVR procedure — Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
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The good news for Charlie Rose and so many others is that this intricate surgery on one of the body’s most vital organs is, in most cases, a straightforward procedure with a high rate of success and a low risk of complications. Rose himself is optimistic that he’ll be back on the air in March.
“I can’t wait to be back completely rested with my heart recharged, my passion for the work ahead purposeful and my joy at life’s pleasures high,” he said in a statement.