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what structure does the chordae tendinae hold in place?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
30 years experience Cardiology
The valvular leaflet: The chordae tendinae function like the chords on a parachute that attach to the chute mechanism. Without the chords to provide tension and anchor the chute against the air, the chute would fail and the parachute would not function. Likewise the chordae support the valve leaflets and allow them to line up and formn a functional seal. Abnormal chordae can cause a valve to leak or open ineffectively.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. SREEDHAR POLAVARAPU
Specializes in Internal Medicine
The valvular leaflet: Mitral valve.
Answered on Sep 3, 2011
Dr. SREEDHAR POLAVARAPU
Specializes in Internal Medicine
The valvular leaflet: Mitral and tricuspid valves.
Answered on Sep 3, 2011
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
The valvular leaflet: The chordae hold the mitral and tricuspid valve leaflets like cords on a parachute.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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