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Can I lead a normal life after mitral valve replacement?

Q: I am 31 years old. I underwent mitral valve replacement 8 years ago. I am doing fine. I am going to get married next month. What precautions should I take for a happy married life? What contraceptives can we use to avoid pregnancy? I work in a mining industry (iron ore mines), how will this affect my health? What precautions should I take?

A:Right at the outset, our heartiest congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and we wish you both a very blissful and healthy married life. As for your queries regarding contraceptives, I think you do not need to take any special precautions to protect your valve and use of condom for self or a contraceptive device for your wife, which could be prescribed by a lady doctor, would be entirely safe. Valve replacement surgery does not interfere in any way in your married life. In the mining industry, if you are exposed to excessive dust, then your lungs can get affected, as also if there is any scope for injury then because of anticoagulation, you may tend to bleed excessively. If your working environment is clean, then it’s quite fine.

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