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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Valvular Heart Disease
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Practicing since : 2005
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User :   How long can you live with a bad heart valve, that needs to be replaced?                                                            
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Hey!
Doctor :   may I know the age of the patient?
User :   My grandfather is 92 years old and in amazing shape. He had a XXXXXXXX done on monday and we found out he has to have triple bypass and a valve replaced. We are having a hard time finding somebody to take him to do the surgery.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How about the current health status, in terms of Diabetes and Increased Blood Pressure?
User :   NOTHING at all. Had colon caner last year was treated with a resection besides that in great shape. Walked to the gym everyday up until this!
Doctor :   Ok, that really sounds great
Doctor :   Did he resist the surgery well last year?
Doctor :   at the age of 91
User :   yes no problems at all!
Doctor :   So now what has the cardiac surgeon opined?
Doctor :   Did he say surgery is mandatory?
User :   Yes... but we are having trouble finding somebody to take him! he is at home without oxygen or anything!
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Now , so you are planning to get him operated right?
User :   If we can find somebody to do it... otherwise I need to know if I need him put on hospice
Doctor :   somebody in the sense, attendant?
Doctor :   or a surgeon?
User :   I would let a stranger on the street do it at this point!
Doctor :   Sorry, I could not get it
User :   soo could you give me a little insight here?
Doctor :   Sure, like I meant, if you are not having any caretaker to hospice him
Doctor :   or if you are not finding a suitable surgeon
User :   we just dont know how long he can live like this and what other options are
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you tell me the exact diagnosis?
Doctor :   like which valve is affected
Doctor :   and what is the condition
User :   hmmm we are not exactly sure! know he may have had a heartattack so i am assuming it may be necrotic.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I would suggest you to send in the reports
User :   reports?
Doctor :   and get our Cardiologist's opinion
Doctor :   soft copies to our email id
Doctor :   I shall give you the link
Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW
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