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could headaches be caused by trivial tricuspid and bicuspid valve regurgitation?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very unlikely: Pfo (persistent foramen ovale) has been associated with recalcitrant headache, and some individuals experience dramatic improvement with PFO closed surgically.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Typically not: Valve regurgitation do not typically cause headaches but they can result due to uncontrolled hypertension or infection of the valves.

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