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what is the location of the mitral bicuspid valve?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
Mitral location: Calling it a bicuspid mitral valve is redundant. The mitral valve has two (bi) leaflets and was named for its appearance similar to a bishop's miter. It is located between the left atrium and ventricle and its function is to prevent blood from flowing back into the left atrium when the left ventricle contracts and pumps its content into the aorta.
Dr. Ibrahim Moussa
Cardiology 18 years experience
Left side of heart: The heart is a pump made up of four chamber, the mitral valve is made up of two cusps and is located between the top left chamber (left atrium) and bottom left chamber (left ventricle).

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of a leaking mitral valve?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Depends: Minor leak: no problem more severe leak: puts heart muscle under stress and can cause heart failure with shortness of breath, swelling of the feet.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What can cause mitral valve thickening?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Cardiology 36 years experience
Mitral valve: The mos common reason is the process of aging. It is common to see in octogenarians thick mitral valve leaflets. In young individuals can be seen as consequesnce of rheumatic fever.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is a leak in the mitral valve?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Backward flow: The leaflets of the valve are not closing perfectly and some blood goes backwards from the left ventricle into the left atrium. Minor leaks are common and benign.
India
A 23-year-old member asked:

How do aortic valves become fused?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Birth/Inflammation: Valve leaflets can be fused at birth due to birth defect. They can also become fused later in life due to inflammation such as rheumatic heart disease. The aortic valve may degenerate over time due to wear and tear. This is probably a type of low level but progressive inflammation.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What happens if someone's bicuspid valve does not close properly?

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Dr. John Wylie
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Aortic insufficiency: When an aortic valve (bicuspid or a normal tricuspid valve) does not close properly, insufficiency or regurgitation ("leaking") results. When mild, this does not have clinical effects, but when severe it can compromise cardiac function.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
I sure agree. Also, will need antibiotics prior to dental procedures that may cause bleeding.
Oct 5, 2011
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Long standing aortic insufficiency with a significant backward flow gradually enlarges the heart eventually weakening it and causing heart failure. When the situation is clearly progressing toward that end, replacement of the aortic valve is generally done to stop the progression to heart failure.
Mar 19, 2013

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