Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Print the list below and bring it to your appointment:

  • Can I wait to have surgery or do I need it now?
  • Can my heart valve be repaired or will I need a full valve replacement? 
  • What type of heart valve will I be getting? 
  • What procedure are you planning to do?
  • What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?
  • What should my caregivers do to prepare for my procedure and recovery?
  • How long will the surgery take and how long will I be in the hospital?
  • What can I expect to feel like after my surgery? Will it be very painful?
  • What medications will I need to take following my surgery?
  • What are some complications to watch out for following surgery?
  • How long will my valve repair or my new valve last? Will I need another surgery down the road?
  • How long will I be away from work?
  • What kinds of things do my family members, caregivers and friends need to be aware of?
  • Will my activities be restricted – temporarily or permanently?
  • What are the risks for stroke?
  • How does this procedure affect my other health conditions and medications? 

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