Special Precautions after Having a Heart Valve Replaced
Take antibiotics before any dental work
(cleaning), surgery, or major tests. Your
dentist or doctor can order these for you.
Always take them before your visit. Dental
hygiene is important for overall health. This
ξ brushing teeth with fluoridated
toothpaste and a soft bristle brush for
2 minutes two times every day
ξ flossing daily
ξ visiting a dentist 2 times per year for
teeth cleaning and x-rays.
Watch for signs of infection. You need to
watch for signs of infection around your
heart valve (bacterial endocarditis). Signs
and symptoms may include:
ξ Chills, heavy sweating
ξ Temperature greater than 101 θ F
ξ Lack of hunger and weight loss
ξ Fatigue and weakness
ξ Joint pain
If you notice these symptoms, call your local
doctor right away.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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