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are mitral regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation dangerous to have?

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Dr. Robert Marvit
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Can be: This valve problems can effect cardiac function and lead to serious hemodynamic situations. Also the valves may be prone to getting infected if there are any infections that enter the blood stream.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies some: The diagnostic echocardiogram that picks this up is so sensitive that it can pick up regurgitation that is considered trivial.If so it would have little impact on function.It can also find it when it is major. These terms and their importance in a study should be explained by the treating physician that orders the test.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Mitral valve: The mitral valve has to open properly to let blood flow into the left ventricle from the atrium. If it doesn't, we call this stenosis. It has to close to keep the blood flowing toward the body, if it doesn't we call this regurgitation or insufficiency. Either or both problems can exist with the valve if its abnormal. Insufficiency is more common.

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