Question: I have had a prosthetic valve and a valved tube implanted (Bentall-DeBono operation). Can you check the condition of these prostheses? Is it convenient to do it periodically? Cervical magnetic resonance imaging has been prescribed by a traumatologist. Is this test compatible with my cardiological situation? Jesus (Barcelona).
Answer: Indeed, patients who undergo surgery with aortic prostheses and a valved tube are recommended to carry out periodic reviews. It is necessary to do both clinical reviews (assess the patient clinically, physical examination, assess medical treatment, etc.) as well as perform a periodic electrocardiogram and above all periodically perform an echocardiogram to assess the condition of the tube and the aortic prosthesis, especially if there is clinical changes.