Heart Valve Surgery Recovery and Follow Up

What to expect after heart valve surgery

The normal recovery time is usually four to eight weeks, and may be shorter after minimally invasive surgeries.

Immediately after surgery

People are usually practicing very basic self-care and are encouraged to get up, to breathe deeply, and to resume eating, drinking and walking as soon as possible after surgery.

Days and weeks following surgery

During this phase, people can expect to gradually regain energy and return to their normal activity level.

Hear from Allison, who shares her journey of recovering from heart valve repair surgery. Support from friends and family was key to her recovery, and she urges everyone to know the symptoms of heart disease and take action.

Allison: From My Heart to Yours: Valve Surgery Recovery Part 2
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Heart Valve Disease Resources

Find out more about your heart valves and how to manage heart valve disease.