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can tricuspid heart valve disease kill someone?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
YES: Active tricuspid valve endocarditis can be fatal.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is heart valve disease exactly?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
There are many kinds: Heart valves are structures in the heart that open to let blood pass and then close, for example between beats, to keep blood moving in the right direction. There are many kinds of valve disease, including calcified, narrow or leaky valves. These problems are mostly mild and don't cause problems, but can cause chest pain, breathing trouble, or heart failure, and may need to be treated or fixed.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How could heart valve disease be treated?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends On Condition: Depending on your heart valve disease condition, the following could be treatments for you: monitoring, medications, balloon valvotomy and/or surgery. Of course all treatments should have regular follow-ups with your doctor.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Who is more likely to get heart valve disease?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
Usually Elderly : Usually patients 75 years of age and older are more likely to get heart valve disease. Patients with a history of infective endocarditis, heart attacks, heart failure and/or rheumatic fever are also or more likely to develop heart valve disease.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes heart valve disease?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Multiple causes.: Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How is heart valve disease diagnosed?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Examination: Any disease, including heart valve disease needs a physician with expertise to take a full history and complete a thorough examination. This is helpful in the majority of the time to provide a diagnosis. Once completed, the physician can perform echocardiography (ultrasound) to assess the valves. Often a specialized ultrasound technique--transesophageal echocardiography may be needed.

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