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Can A Leaky Heart Valve Heal
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
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
Depends: The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve , aortic valve , pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves , especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 : 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Many people can have mild leaks (regurgitation) of one or more of their heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic). Often mild to moderate regurgitation is tolerated quite well and can be followed. Moderate to severe regurgitation can sometimes be followed closely if the patient has no symptoms and the heart is otherwise ok, but severe leaks can lead to serious problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does alcohol weaken heart valves and is it bad to drink if you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery to fix leaky valve.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will cardio excercise cause a weakened heart valve to start leaking ? Will excercise cause heart valve leakage if you have a weakened mitral valve.
It depends.: It depends upon the basis for the comment. If the comment was based upon a review of an echocardiographic assessment of ones heart, then it implies a near-normal valve. On the other hand, if it's based upon the reporting of the intensity of a heart murmur heard with a stethoscope, then the accuracy is dependent upon the skill of the person using the instrument. ...Read more
Will cardio exercise cause leakage of your mitral heart valve if your mitral valve is weakened due to endocarditis?
No: Cardio improves overall heart-lung-muscle function. A leaking valve will not be damaged, per se. However, depending on the amount of valve damage and leak from the endocarditis, total cardio performance may be limited. Discuss with you doctor about performing an exercise stress test before engaging in strenuous cardio exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: Many are mothers. It may be advisable for you or not, but you'd expect to be followed by a cardiologist and maybe a maternal-fetal specialist. ...Read more
Will drinking alcohol cause leakage of your mitral heart valve, if you have a weakened mitral valve due to endocarditis.?
Cardiomyopathy: Alcohol is not likely to directly effect a endocarditis damaged valve. However, heavy alcohol usage can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This toxic effect injures the heart muscle, diminishes the muscle function, and dilates the heart. Dilation of the heart causes valves to leak. "echocardiogram may show enlarged heart chambers, leaking valves, and reduced pumping efficiency" http://goo.Gl/po8vcu. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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