How might a heart valve replacement affect my everyday life?

A heart valve replacement may cure your condition or reduce your symptoms so you can lead an active, normal life. However, replacing a valve that is damaged by heart disease or atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) will not prevent new valve damage.

You can make changes to your everyday life that to prevent or delay heart disease and more heart valve damage including:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Practicing stress management techniques
  • Quitting smoking
  • Treating other related conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes