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If Heart Valve Is Repaired Will You Still Have Heart Failure
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
My mother has congestive heart failure, leaky heart valve and pneumonia she is hospitalized is there anything that can be done what is live expectancy?
Of course thingsc: Can be done...This scenario is unfortunately not rare...Prognosis depends on severity of conditions ; patients age ; other comorbidities...Talk to her doctors. ...Read more
Do a lot of people have a little amount of heart valve leakage. I just had a mitral valve repair & they said still minimal amount of leakage. Why?
Why do I still have a little amount of leakage after mitral valve repair done 2 weeks ago. Is this normal? Does everyone have some heart valve leakage
Are you a surgeon?: Some heart valves can be repaired. Some can't. Full textbooks and extensive lecture series with demonstrations are devoted to this subject. Most people rely on their doctor who can refer them to a surgeon who is very practiced in this highly technical field. ...Read more
Depends which valve: Repair most commonly is done on mitral valve, especially when mitral prolapse is present. The excess, "floppy" tissue causing the valve to prolapse is excised to make leaflets more taught. Sometimes an artificial ring is inserted around the base of the leaflets to cinch the whole apparatus together, if it has become dilated, preventing leaflets from closing up against each other. ...Read more
No: If a heart valve is leaky or stenotic these conditions do not generally improve without intervention. This is due to the fact that once abnormal mechanical forces start they can begin a cycle of negative effects. The rate of progression varies tremendously, often related to the root cause. Many people, for example, with trivial leaky valves live normally without ever having any problems. ...Read more
Effective: Cardiac surgery is effective for treating the cardiovascular effects of Marfans syndrome but need careful evaluation for proper timing of surgical intervention. Because Marfans is a degenerative tissue disease usually replacement rather than repair is indicated for long term success both in the cardiac and vascular system. ...Read more
Sometimes: Nothing available for the mitral or tricuspid valves yet, but the aortic valve can be replaced with a transcatheter inserted valve. This is not for everyone though. It is still considered rather experimental, and reserved only for those who are unable to have open heart surgery. I look forward to advances in these procedures, and hope one day there is a routine, non-ohs alternative. ...Read more
If they do heart valve repair on babies is it the same way, do they use a annupolsty ring to support it.
Usually repair: Yes its similar but much smaller you want to plan for growth as we grow older the heart also grows and the organs as well. ...Read more
What causes heart valve leakage. If you have minimal amount of leakage after mitral valve repair what will cause the leakage to get worse over time?
Worsening with time, infection, ...Read more
What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak
Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this. You will have periodic echocardiograms (maybe every year or more) to follow this.
What you do not need to do is fixate on this and worry yourself to death! You are better - enjoy this!
hope this helps! ...Read more
2yr on heart Valve Repair Migraine Auras no headache had one today and one hr later get them 4-5 times a mth withPropranolol 1every 8wks anynew ideas?
Episodic Migraine: Once a diagnosis of episodic migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See your GP for evaluation and professional migraine management. ...Read more
Heart valve repair few yrs Dentist tends to sratch with a hook which can make the gum bleed on a check up. Rather take amoxicillin for a clean only!
Depends: Depends on your situation. Ask MD. Err on side of antibiotics if unsure. ...Read more
Drinking alcohol after having mitral valve heart surgery for leaky heart valve allowed? Will alcohol have any effects on repaired heart valve?
If I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery, and now year later drink alcohol occasionally will it weaken my heart valve?
ALCOHOL: Aside the usual common sense admonitions about alcohol excess applicable to all there is no specific concern with respect to mitral valve repair surgery, Atrial fibrillation is common in patients with chest surgery and mitral valve disorders, alcohol can in susceptible persons potentiate atrial fib so be aware of this. ...Read more
Had mitral valve repair surgery 6months ago. If I drink alcohol will it have harmful effects on heart since I had surgery to fix leaking heart valve?
My mom is 85 and 18 months ago had heart failure due to a leaky aortic valve & af how long will the valve last? & what's going to happen?
Valve replacement?: If she had a new valve implanted, it will last her the rest of her life. If not, her candidacy for valve replacement will depend on her general health, other illnesses, and motivation. Heart failure due aortic regurgitation is ominous, especially in view of her age. CHF can be treated with medications but will eventually get worse. Af requires anticoagulation and control with medication ...Read more
Is 3 leaky heart valves something to be afraid of? No congestive heart failure and being treated with a ACE inhibitor and diuretic.
Depends -? severity: Depends upon the severity, which ones, possible causes; often things need to be followed, your doctor should be able to give you good advice.... ...Read more
Health anxiety about heart. Would a recent echo have detected valve problems or heart failure? My heart beat is quiet and my pulse feels weak.
Not in adults:
Many many children have a "heart mummurs" or so called leaky valves and often they do disappear by adolescent age or earlier. Unfortunately for adults, leaky valves typically results from diseases and they don't go away without treatments. If you have it, check with your doc for regular monitoring. Some type may require antibiotics before dental work etc. Thus should consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more
Born with vs acquire: Leaky heart valves occur congenitally when some aspect of the valve leaflets/annulus/supporting structures is abnormal at birth. They can also be acquired as a result of changes in the heart structure/valve structure/aorta/lungs over time. Heart attacks can damage valves, as can infectious endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, enlarging aortic root, pulmonary disease causing pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more
Definition: Heart valves function to seal a chamber (closed) so blood can fill. When the chamber contracts the valve opens to allow blood to exit. When the valves do not function properly, we usually refer to a valve leaking or not closing correctly (insufficieny or regurgitation) or not opening correctly (stenotic). So when you describe the vavle being "sticky" can you describe it in these terms? ...Read more
Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more
Otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with ...Read more
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