Table 5

Postoperative answers to a valve-specific questionnaire

Total (%)MP (%)BP (%)
If I had to do it over again, would I make the same decision to have surgery?
 I do not know11713
 Probably not/absolutely not473
Is there a valve sound that bothers me?*
Following my valve surgery, the frequency of doctor visits and blood tests bothers me
The possibility of complications due to my implanted valve concerns me
I am concerned about possible bleeding caused by my anticoagulant medication
I am afraid that my valve may fail
I am afraid that I may need another valve operation
  • *p<0.05 MP versus BP groups.

  • BP, bioprosthetic valve; MP, mechanical valve.