After you recover from heart valve surgery, you should be able to return to your normal activities, but you may need to make a few lifestyle modifications
Depending on the type of heart valve you have, you may need to take a blood-thinning medication for the rest of your life and have regular blood tests to monitor its level in your blood. If you’re taking a blood-thinner, you’re at increased risk of bruising or bleeding from simple knocks and falls, so be careful when doing vigorous activities. You may need to avoid contact sports.
To protect your heart from future problems, it helps to adopt a heart-healthy diet. This includes eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, choosing lean cuts of meat, selecting chicken and fish instead of red meats, and avoiding saturated fats.
Having dental or surgical procedures
When you have dental or surgical procedures in future, including tooth cleaning, fillings or extractions, you’ll need to take antibiotics to avoid the risk of an infection called endocarditis around your heart valve. Explain to your dentist or surgeon that you’ve had a heart valve replaced and they’ll know to give you an antibiotic prescription to take before the procedure.
Heart health app
The Heart Foundation has produced an app called My Heart, My Life to help you manage your heart health.