This is not about relationships. This is about the actual heart that’s inside each one of us and how to repair it.
The heart isn’t as simple as the one you’d normally see on greeting cards and animated depictions of it. It is a complex organ within each one of us performing a very crucial operation which is to pump blood into our system. but, what happens when you neglect it?
There are many factors leading towards heart disease and some go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Not taking care of the situation can prove to be a fatal mistake.
So, let’s look into one of the most crucial parts of the heart that often end up needing care or replacement. Let’s talk about heart valves.
There are 4 valves within the heart. Let’s start with the Atrioventricular valves. These two are the bicuspid valve and the tricuspid valve. To complement that, we have the Semilunar Valves which are the aortic and pulmonary valve. If one of these valves fail, it can prove to be a very fatal disaster.
There are many reasons why any of these valves may fail.
It could be environmental, dietary, age, sickness and a lot of other factors. It can be one or the other or a combination of two or more conditions. When this happens, it is crucial for the patient to undergo a valve replacement just so they can keep themselves alive.
There are prosthetic devices used to replace any of the heart valves that are damaged and only the most experienced heart surgeons are capable of performing such an operation successfully.
This is the reason why:
During a heart valve replacement operation, the heart surgeon will need to open your chest cavity up. This exposes your heart for them to cut into it and remove the defective heart valve. Next, they’re going to attach the replacement prosthetic heart valve and make sure it works properly before sewing you back up. This operation usually lasts a few hours. If any complications arise, it could take longer.
What’s risky about this is for such a delicate operation, the surgeon operating on you needs to be fully in control of his faculties and power through the fatigue to perform the job. But don’t worry, there have been more successful heart valve replacement operations than not.
Perhaps the hardest thing about getting a heart valve replacement operation is the long healing time it takes afterwards. You’ll have limited movement and you’ll be closely supervised to ensure that everything is going well within you. That means you can’t have any stressful activity and you won’t be able to get around on your own for a couple of days to a few weeks.
If you’re a bit vain about your appearance, scarring can occur after getting sewed back up. So, you won’t be able to show your body off at the beach and hope no one notices that you had a heart surgery done.
The trade off being you’ll be able to live longer is more than enough to trump the negative aspects of having such an operation done, so, if your doctor says you need one, you better get one as soon as possible.
You can of course avoid this simply by living a healthier life. But, it’s still a good thing to know that should the situation arise where you have an issue with your heart valves, there’s a remedy for it.