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Had aortic valve replacement. Occasional cough produces a click, slight murmur heard in echo. Can noninvasive surgery be used to repair ?

I had aortic valve replacement oct,1,2012. A st.jude pig valve was used. I have pcvs. A cough occasionally wproduces a click. The cardiologist said he heard a slight murmur and said he would order an echocardiogram . He said no surgical intervention needed. Is it possible stitches came loose from coughing? Can non invasive surgery be used to repair? Thank you
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It is unlikely - after this long time - for sutures to come loose.

Generally it may not be possible to repair by non-non-invasive approach - changed anatomy and artificial valve make it difficult.

An Echocardiogram is the first step to analyse / More may be needed depending on the outcome / Any other suggestion at this stage is premature and guess work!

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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