The consultation involves a detailed discussion to help the patient understand the nature and progression of the heart valve problem. Relevant examination aided by reviewing the results of various investigations helps to form a plan and propose treatment. Further investigations can be requested when necessary.


Important issues such as risks and benefits, the type of operation i.e. replacement or repair, are discussed in detail. Choice of valve for replacement is also discussed when relevant, as it is patient specific.


Information about the operation and immediate postoperative recovery are also discussed. If necessary we can put you in touch with convalescence facilities closer to your home.



Investigations

Echocardiography

It is an ultrasound examination of the heart performed by placing the ultrasound probe over the chest. It provides important information about the structure and function of the heart valve which helps determine the treatment necessary. It also provides information about heart function, which determines the risk of the operation.

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